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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See archive for earlier reports

 

Golden eaglet swallowing a mouse.
Water stop on the long trek into the Pasayten Wilderness – Photo by Scott Fitkin

Grizzly Bear Surveys: Biologists Fitkin and Heinlen prepared, organized, and delivered supplies for back country survey sites to the Hidden Lakes Cabin in the Pasayten Wilderness. This coming week, USFS and NGO staff will lead Wenatchee River Institute course participants in the deployment of hair-snag/camera survey sites in the middle portion of the wilderness. This is part of a continuing interagency effort to gather data on grizzly bear presence in the North Cascades Ecosystem. In addition, these surveys frequently yield detections of other rare carnivores including lynx, wolves, and wolverines. Biologists Fitkin and Heinlen will be assisting with the check and take down of these sites in the late summer and early fall. Many thanks to Officer McCormick for providing horse support for the multi-species back country excursion. We would not have accomplished as much or completed tasks anywhere near as efficiently without help from Troy and his rookie wrangling assistant, Biologist Fortier.

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.

Wolverine Release
This 30-pound male wolverine, coming out of the trap near Easy Pass in this video from David Bowden of USFS, might be the new dominant male in the heart of the ongoing North Cascades Wolverine Research project study area.

 

Mule Deer Doe and Fawn

Okanogan District Wildlife Biologist Scott Fitkin captured these moments between a mule deer doe and her new fawn. Scott says new fawns are on the ground, many just a week old, and even if they appear to be abandoned, leave them alone - Mom is foraging nearby to ready herself for another feeding.

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.