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New Fish-Wildlife director to be named Saturday

Phil Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife director, responds to criticism wolf management and other issues in a Sept. 18 Inside Washington interview.
Phil Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife director, responds to criticism wolf management and other issues in a Sept. 18 Inside Washington interview.

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled on Saturday to select one name from candidates being considered to succeed retiring Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson.

The agenda also calls for adopting new sportfishing rules during the meeting set for Friday-Saturday, Jan. 9-10, at the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Tumwater.

The new director will inherit a long list of issues, including wolf recovery, wild steelhead litigation affecting Puget  Sound, a list of saltwater issues, elk hoof disease in southwestern Washington, and a years-old internal rift stemming from the merger of the state Fisheries and Game departments.

The final recommendations for sportfishing proposals were presented to the commission Dec. 12-13  after comments were received on revised proposals in November.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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