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 of cow elk with a plastic lawn chair hanging off of her neck.
Elk with plastic lawn chair around her neck

Elk: Conflict Specialists Conklin and Blankenship, along with Biologist Holman, responded to a call about a cow elk that had her head stuck in a lawn chair. The elk had been observed often feeding with her herd in downtown Packwood for approximately a week. WDFW staff was able to find the elk and immobilize her. The lawn chair was cut from the neck region. It is unlikely the elk could have removed the lawn chair. The elk did very well during the procedure and quickly joined back up with her herd. Several citizens witnessed various aspects of the task, helped locate the elk, etc. The community was appreciative of the WDFW response to this situation and glad that the elk was captured, aided, and released unharmed. Thanks to WDFW Veterinarian Dr. Mansfield for making the wildlife immobilization drug combination BAM available for use in such settings.

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.


Mule Deer Doe and Fawn

Okanogan District Wildlife Biologist Scott Fitkin captured these moments between a mule deer doe and her new fawn. Scott says new fawns are on the ground, many just a week old, and even if they appear to be abandoned, leave them alone - Mom is foraging nearby to ready herself for another feeding.

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.