These weekly Wildlife Program reports summarize the current activities of our field and headquarters staff, arranged by our four goals, five divisions, and six regions including Wildlife Areas within those regions:
  1. Conserve and protect native fish and wildlife.
  2. Provide sustainable fishing, hunting and other wildlife-related recreational and commercial experiences.
  3. Promote a healthy economy, protect community character, maintain an overall high quality of life, and deliver high-quality customer service.
  4. Build an effective and efficient organization by supporting our workforce, improving business processes, and investing in technology.

* Reported activities will not necessarily reflect every goal, division or region each week.

  1. Game
  2. Lands
  3. Science
  4. Wildlife Diversity
  1. Eastern
  2. North-central
  3. South-central
  4. North Puget Sound
  5. Southwest
  6. Coastal



See archive for earlier reports


Photo showing instructor with five female students all wearing oranage vests. Instuctor holding shotgun with orange grips.
Demand was extremely high for the women only class being held at the Black Diamond gun club Sunday, November 1

Women’s Only Hunter Education Classes Support: Demand was extremely high for the women only class being held at the Black Diamond Gun Club on Sunday, November 1. Coordinator Dazey worked with the instructor team to help them prepare and also fielded many questions from students who wished to take hunter education in an all-female environment. Demand was so high that the instructor team will hold a second women only class on Sunday, December 6, at the BDGC. In spite of the rain starting to pour five minutes before the field course and stopping five minutes after the field course ended, the entire course was a huge success and, according to evaluations turned in by the students, was much appreciated. The instructor team was interviewed on NPR about why they offered a women only class and were able to articulate the advantages of offering classes targeted to the fastest growing demographic in the shooting sports world. Dazey assisted the instructors to secure a female enforcement officer for the December class. This will be a good opportunity to show some of the opportunities for women at WDFW.

Recent Wildlife Videos
Rattlesnake Den

Annual den documentation and monitoring has begun in the Methow Watershed. This is part of a many year effort to document den distribution and trends at known sites.

Family Affair
This black bear and cub are either scent marking or just scratching that itch.


Oregon Spotted Frog Reintroduction

Biologist Tirhi and Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) Staff Biologist Martens organized the 2015 release of captive reared spotted frogs to the JBLM reintroduction location. Over 1,100 frogs were released.

South Creek Coyote
A mild winter and repeated freeze-thaw events have resulted in more frequent trap visits and captures of non-target species this season, including the first ever coyote capture. The animal managed to squeeze through a small, unsecured viewing door after its first capture.