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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


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November 01, 2010
Contact: Jonathan Neville, (360) 902-8358

Public invited to comment
on WDFW enforcement program

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is conducting a public survey to help assess the agency’s Enforcement Program.

The survey, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/enforcement/surveys/customer_survey.html on WDFW’s website, consists of about 20 questions concerning the program’s priorities and performance in the field. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Those who would like the survey mailed or faxed to them should contact Jonathan Neville, at 360-902-8358 or jonathan.neville@dfw.wa.gov.

Respondents have through the end of the year to complete the survey. Those who completed a similar assessment in 2007 are urged to participate in the 2010 survey.

“It’s important that we hear from people, especially those who have interacted with our enforcement officers and staff,” said WDFW Enforcement Chief Bruce Bjork. “The information we receive will help us improve our resource protection and business practices and ensure that we are meeting the needs of the public.”

WDFW officers enforce all state laws, including those related to the taking of fish, shellfish and wildlife, boating safety, licensing, and habitat requirements. Officers also provide first response to incidents involving potentially dangerous wildlife, including bear and cougar, and other public safety issues.

In addition to enforcement officers, the program includes hunter education managers, dispatch/communications officers and other support staff.