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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 2002 NO. 3 > Jun 11 2002

The term "body-gripping trap" as used in RCW 77.15.192 includes a mole trap designed to immobilize a mole by piercing and impaling its body on a sharp metal rod.

AGO 1996 NO. 16 > Sep 13 1996

The Fish and Wildlife Commission and the director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife may commission, as fisheries patrol officers or as wildlife agents, only persons serving by appointment to positions whose job description includes law enforcement duties.

AGO 1994 NO. 19 > Nov 8 1994

In allowing claims against the state for damage caused to property by deer or elk, the Legislature has set a maximum limit of $2,000 per claim; this limitation applies both to claims settled and paid by the Department of Wildlife and to claims paid by the Legislature upon recommendation of the Risk Management Office.

AGO 1988 NO. 31 > Dec 27 1988

There is no conflict between RCW 77.12.095 and RCW 77.12.120, because section 77.12.095 is a specific statute permitting wildlife agents to conduct inspections of certain regulated commercial enterprises without warrants, while section 77.12.120 is a general statute authorizing wildlife agents to obtain warrants to conduct searches or seizures in cases where section 77.12.095 is inapplicable.