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WAC 220-440-040

Wildlife/human interaction and conflict resolution for private property damage.

The department is the primary source for property owners seeking to determine legal and effective remedies for addressing wildlife interactions. Protection of property using nonlethal techniques is the primary response encouraged by the department. Harassment and/or lethal removal may also be important techniques to protect human safety or to protect property. The following criteria describe the compensation available to protect property:
(1) Cash compensation will only be provided to property owners by the department if the funds are appropriated by the legislature or provided through local or federal grants or contracts.
(2) Compensation will be prioritized in the following order:
(a) As conditioned by the legislature or granting entity.
(b) Property prioritization:
(i) Private property that is primarily designed for public use, where there is a human safety risk not addressed by other entities.
(ii) Private property that directly contributes to commercial crop or to livestock production.
(iii) Private property used for other business purposes.
(iv) Public property.
(v) Residential property.
(vi) Recreational property.
(c) Species prioritization:
(i) Damages caused by wildlife listed as endangered, threatened, sensitive, or categories of concern by the state or federal government.
(ii) Damages caused by big game animals.
(iii) Other federal and state protected species.
(iv) Other wildlife species except unclassified species and predatory birds.
(3) The department may make agreements with private landowners to prevent property damage. These agreements may include the use of:
(a) Best management practices to reduce risk of private property damage;
(b) Scaring or hazing materials;
(c) Fencing materials;
(d) Volunteers referred by the department for hazing, fence repair, etc; and
(e) Lethal removal options.
(4) Private property owners must utilize nonlethal abatement techniques prior to requesting other compensation from the department or before utilizing lethal techniques.
(a) Use of nonlethal techniques must be documented and consistent with procedures and requirements established by the department.
(b) Evidence of damage (e.g., photographs) must be provided by the property owner.
(c) Property owner must comply with reporting requirements of the department.
(5) Wildlife may not be captured and transported or relocated off the owner's property (parcel where damage occurred) unless:
(a) Authorized by rule of the commission; or
(b) By written permit from the department; and
(c) Owner is in compliance with department rules, permits, and reporting requirements.
(6) The department will establish written procedures for assisting private property owners, using the criteria and priorities provided in this rule. The procedures will include enlistment of partners and volunteers through agreements, permits, and incentives to help mitigate wildlife interactions.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.013, 77.04.020, 77.04.055, and 77.12.047. WSR 17-05-112 (Order 17-04), recodified as § 220-440-040, filed 2/15/17, effective 3/18/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.055, 77.12.047, 77.12.240, chapter 77.36 RCW, and 2013 c 329. WSR 13-22-056 (Order 13-282), § 232-36-040, filed 11/4/13, effective 12/5/13. Statutory Authority: RCW 77.04.012, 77.04.020, and 77.04.055. WSR 10-13-182 (Order 10-156), § 232-36-040, filed 6/23/10, effective 7/24/10.]
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