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

 

Photo of a large pile of garbage and debris removed from the hunting areas.
Waterfowl Quality Hunt Site garbage recovered by Private Land Access staff after the 2014-15 hunting season

Waterfowl Quality Hunt Site Management: Otto finished cleaning-up the few remaining waterfowl hunt units of the 2014/15 season after water levels receded. Otto was able to consolidate all of the gathered garbage from the waterfowl hunt units and take photos. This routine maintenance effort is extremely valuable to the landowners and something that the Private Land Access Program prides itself on. By removing garbage, Private Land Access Program staff strengthens relationships, maintains trust between private landowners that allow public access, and removes potentially harmful products that could harm the environment.

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.

 

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.

Slow Motion Wolverine Release

The North Cascades Wolverine Research Project captures continue through the winter. We have been unable to corral any new animals, but continue to recapture the resident adult male we trapped earlier in the winter. This is a slow motion video of his latest release.