Wildlife Commission to be briefed on elk hoof disease

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OLYMPIA — A briefing on hoof disease in the Mount St. Helens and Willapa Bay elk herds will be presented Friday to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Sandra Jonker, regional wildlife program manager, and Kristin Mansfield, a state Department of Fish and Wildlife veterinarian, are on the commission schedule at 1 p.m.

The citizen panel will meet beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Room No. 172 at the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E.

Commission members also will consider a proposed regulation that would require hunters to leave the hooves of any elk taken in affected areas of Southwest Washington on site to minimize the spread of the disease.

The commission also will consider adopting 2014-15 hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl. The general duck season would be open for 107 days — Oct. 11-15 and Oct. 18-Jan. 25. A special youth hunting weekend is proceed for Sept. 20 and 21.