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 the inside of a hollowed out tree trunk on the forest floor used as a black bear den.
Black bear den in a hollow log

East/West Bear Project: Biologist Smith assisted Bear and Cougar Specialist Beausoleil and Biologist Maletzke with ongoing bear den work. This portion of the project entails locating dens, placing cameras to document emergence and cub numbers, recollaring/adjusting collars on sub-adult males, recollaring/adjusting collars on adult females, and potentially collaring yearling cubs. Work where newborn cubs are known to be present will be limited (camera placement only) to avoid den abandonment.

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.