The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved steps to reduce the spread of elk hoof disease by requiring hunters to remove and leave behind the hooves of any elk harvested in six more game management units—633 and 636 in Mason County, and 407, 418, 437, and 454 in north Puget Sound. The requirement is already in place for many other southwest units.
The commission is a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The commission also voted to modify regulations for auction, raffle or special incentive permits for hunting elk. The changes clarify where permit holders can hunt and which animals can be legally hunted.
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