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 also: SW Washington (Region 5) Wildlife Program Weekly Report Archive - 2006-2011


Photo taken by remote camera of a Wolverine approaching a wooden trap in the snow.
Leading Edge Aviation carrying bighorn sheep to the awaiting ground crew in Lincoln

Lincoln Cliffs Bighorn Sheep: Biologists Atamian and Lowe, along with Section Manager Harris and State Wildlife Veterinarian Mansfield, coordinated and implemented a helicopter capture of bighorn sheep in the Whitestone and Lincoln areas of northern Lincoln County. After many hours of waiting for fog to clear, twelve sheep were captured and sampled and ten GPS collars were deployed. The capture was successful due to the efforts of WDFW staff from several programs, as well as a cadre of volunteers from the WSU vet school, Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, and Northwest Sportsman's Club.

Recent Wildlife Videos
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.

The Critter Gitter

The "Critter Gitter" noise device may prove to be more useful for deer than first thought. The trail video camera captured a deer running away after being spooked by the alarm. The trail video was moved to another location where deer are more prevalent to get a better baseline of the effectiveness of the noise device.


Rubber Boa Eating Mouse

Rubber boas are often notoriously difficult to feed in captivity, but the current temporary captive has readily consumed baby mice now on three occasions and is shaping up to be a good ambassador.

How to Scratch an Itch

WDFW cameras picked up this bear who found a creative way to get rid of an itch.