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Colville Tribe bans state wildlife enforcement on reservation

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT -- The Colville Tribe's ongoing snit with Washington Fish and Wildlife police has become more formal and more troubling in the past month.

The Tribe has been telling the state Fish and Wildlife Department officers for at least a year that they couldn't drive the roads on the Colville Indian Reserveration.  More recently the tribal council formally banned state Fish and Wildlife officers from enforcing hunting and fishing laws on the reservation.

The March 17 resolution says the ban is “due to their failure to honor the tribes lawfully issued nonmember fishing permits.”

The Fish and Wildlife director has told the tribe he's disappointed with the decision and that it will infringe on wildlife enforcement.

Today's Wenatchee World has a comprehensive story on the situation.

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