The rule amendment proposal, if adopted, reclassifies the western gray squirrel from threatened to endangered. If the status change is adopted, western gray squirrel will be removed from the list of threatened species in WAC 220-200-100 “Wildlife classified as protected shall not be hunted or fished” and added to the list of endangered species under WAC 220-610-010.
Anticipated effects include communicating a higher level of conservation concern for the species, their conservation needs, and recovery actions with partners and the public. Additionally, there is also an increased penalty for unlawful taking under RCW 77.15.120.
CR-101 Preproposal Comments
CR-102 Rule Proposal Comment Period
SEPA Comment Period
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