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MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011, 9:24 A.M.

Wildlife Commission did lot of listening in Spokane

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Wildlife managers, sportsmen and elected officials all bent the ear of the six panelists who attended the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting at the Spokane Convention Center on Friday and Saturday.

The hottest topic was the four-point minimum whitetail buck rule proposed for Units 117 and 121 in northeastern Washington. Twenty-five people sigend up to give their three-minute testimony on the topic Saturday morning even though it's been hashed out for more than a year.

More on that topic later. The commission won't make its decision until the April meeting in Olympia.

Meantime, I noticed at least one or more local Fish and Wildlife police in attendance, as is required when the commission meets. But they had their laptops and worked through the sessions.  Officer Dan Rahn said they had a moose complaint call Saturday morning before the sessions. Another officer  was called a way during the morning session on a different matter.

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