Pendleton: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission would like to hear from persons interested in big game seasons and has set up a series of public meetings at which testimony will be taken. One of the meetings is scheduled for Pendleton on May 16.
Public comment is being sought on proposals for the 2001 controlled hunt tag numbers and 2002 hunting seasons. Comments will be recorded at the meeting and given to the Commission.
"This is a new approach, implemented by the Commission to obtain better public input," explained Kevin Blakely, District Wildlife Biologist from Pendleton. "It replaces the informal open house we^ve held here in Pendleton in previous years."
The Pendleton meeting will be held at the Convention Center, 1601 Westgate, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Happy Canyon Room.
The meeting will open with a summary of proposed controlled hunt tag numbers, focusing on northeast Oregon. A reduction in the number of elk tags in northeast Oregon has been proposed, as well as a reduction in antlerless deer tags in some units. Proposed dates for 2002 big game seasons will also be discussed. After the summary, a question-and-answer period will be held. Public testimony will then be taken.
"We will take testimony much like they do in a formal hearing," Blakely said. "There will be a Presiding Officer, time limits, and testimony will be recorded."
Written testimony may also be submitted and should be sent to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Attn: Dan Edwards, PO Box 59, Portland, OR 97207. Written comments should be submitted by June 1.