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:
Goals
  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.

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

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Closeup photo of a rattlesnake tail with rattle being held in researcher's hand.
Rattle close-up from a large and likely old adult male snake – Photo by Scott Fitkin

Rattlesnake Monitoring: Biologist Fitkin and Science Technician Erlenbach participated in the capture and measurement of local rattlesnakes. We were assisting a grad student from Central Washington University who is studying the growth rates and movement patterns of this species in response to the recent fires.

Recent Wildlife Videos
Cougar with Kittens
A WDFW remote camera caught this video of a mother cougar with her kittens on a deer kill.

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.

 

Canada Lynx

A WDFW remote camera captured this Canada lynx in the Goat Mountain area displaying typical cat rubbing behavior.

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.