The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is conducting a public opinion survey to help identify key wildlife issues to be addressed in the department’s 2015-21 Game Management Plan.
The information gathered from the survey will help WDFW update its current plan, originally developed in 2003 and updated in 2009. The plan guides the long-term management of game species and is used to develop three-year hunting packages that set annual regulations for hunting seasons.
The survey is available through Jan. 3 on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/game/2015/. Paper copies of the survey also are available by contacting the Wildlife Program at 360-902-2515.
The opinion survey addresses a number of game management issues, including:
∙ Hunter recruitment and retention
∙ Hunting regulations
∙ Land access for hunting
∙ Wildlife conflict
∙ Habitat enhancement
∙ Questions directed at specific species
Once the survey results are analyzed, WDFW will incorporate them into a draft plan, which will go out for public comment next spring. The plan will be considered for final approval by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission next summer.