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 of collared bull elk grazing in the grass.
A nice picture of one of our collared bulls taken by Colockum Manager Lopushinsky a few weeks ago

Colockum Bull Elk Study: As the hunting season comes on, Biologist Moore has increased the frequency of his data checks to make sure all is going well. We currently have 13 functional GPS collars in the field, and the data generated from these collars indicate a definite change in movement patterns as these bulls transition from summer foraging to rutting activities.

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.