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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Photo: Left side shows to WDFW bilogists in a cave wearing hazmat suits and head lights. Right side shows a group of Townsend's big-eard bats hibernating in cave.
Bat guano sample collection from within a hibernaculam (staff members wearing full hazmat suits to reduce transmission of the disease)

Bats and White-nose Syndrome: Biologists Tirhi and Tobin, along with staff members from Tacoma Power, collected samples from a hibernaculum in La Grande used by Townsend's big-eared bats during the summer as a maternity roost. The site had been visited once in the past by Tacoma Power in the winter and confirmed as a hibernacula, but species using it were not confirmed. Tirhi and others were hopeful to find Myotis spp., those most susceptible to having the syndrome, but only found Townsend's upon inspection (26 total). Staff members took swabs of the forearm and snout of two Townsend's and guano samples throughout the structure to be sent to the lab for white-nose syndrome testing.

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

Bear Head Rub
A WDFW remote camera captured this black bear as it attacked a tree in an effort to get a good head rub.

 

Rolling Wolverine

WDFW remote cameras caught this wolverine rolling in the snow during the winter's multi-carnivore surveys. WDFW biologists continue to test methodologies for surveying multiple carnivore species, particularly wolverine and lynx.

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