Out and About, Aug. 23

first_img By Columbian news services Out and About, Aug. 23 The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Share: WDFW hunting regulations web map provides planning tool for fall huntersThe web map, available at https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/ provides more convenient access to Washington’s 2018-19 hunting regulations by allowing hunters to find permit and general season hunts based on location, date, weapon choice and more.“This web map helps hunters narrow their search to the hunts and hunt areas relevant to them,” said Anis Aoude, game division manager for WDFW. “We expect hunters will find this tool useful as they plan their trips for fall.”The web map includes locations of both public and private lands hunting opportunities and details and hunter notes on both permit and general season hunts.The current release does not include migratory waterfowl and upland game seasons, but those will be available for the 2019-2020 seasons. (WDFW) Share: Subscribe Today Sportfishing for other bottomfish remains open.Sport anglers who catch a cabezon after Aug. 17 need to release it. Cabezon have an excellent survival rate when released. Unlike rockfish, cabezon do not have swim bladders and therefore do not suffer from barotrauma (expansion or rupture of the swim bladder when the fish are brought up from deep waters) that can cause stress, injury, and sometimes death in rockfish.(ODFW)Commission takes action on protective status of two speciesThe Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to change the protective status of two wildlife species during a conference call Friday.Commissioners voted to reclassify sea otters as state threatened, downlisting the species from endangered. The commission also approved uplisting Columbian sharp-tailed grouse in Washington to endangered from threatened.Sea otters were eliminated from the state in the early 20th century by fur traders but were reintroduced in 1969 and 1970. The state’s population of sea otters has steadily increased over the last 30 years, which prompted WDFW to recommend reclassifying the species as threatened, said Hannah Anderson, the department’s wildlife recovery specialist. Sea otters remain at risk from disease, toxins, the effects of climate change, and the possibility of a catastrophic event – such as a large oil spill – along Washington’s coast.center_img Reminder: fire closures still in effectWashington hikers, fishermen and hunters are reminded that fire prohibitions are in effect for all public lands, including national forest lands, DNR lands, BLM lands, and other state and federal lands. While cooler temps and a possibility of rain are predicted for later this week, tinder dry conditions exist over most of the state.Hunters are preparing to head into the field, fall salmon runs are going strong, and fall hikers are hitting the woods. It is important at this time of year for outdoorsmen and women to adhere to all fire closures.Smoking is discouraged, except within vehicles, and drivers are reminded not to throw any burning material out of the vehicle.Cabezon closure in effectThe recreational harvest had reached its quota of 16.8 metric tons, partly because the average weight of cabezon landed this year is higher than usual, and bottomfish effort has been very high this summer. Published: August 22, 2018, 9:46pm GO Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Columbian sharp-tailed grouse were classified as a threatened species under state law in1998. Commission members said they favored reclassifying the species as endangered, which could increase the likelihood of the species’ survival and recovery.In the 1800s, the sharp-tailed grouse was the most abundant game bird in eastern Washington, with its highest densities in relatively moist grassland and sagebrush vegetation. But with much of its habitat converted to cropland, and in the wake of major fires in 2015, the population has declined to an estimated total of fewer than 600 birds. (WDFW) By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more