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


Closeup of a staff member holding a Western pond turtle showing the notches made in the shell.
Western pond turtle with notches made in the side of the shell.

Western Pond Turtle Notching: Biologist Bergh went to the Oregon Zoo to put notches in the scutes of 12 western pond turtles that will be released back into the wild next week. The notches provide a unique identifier when the turtles are recaptured. These turtles were caught in the wild as hatchlings this spring and brought to the Oregon Zoo where they have been fed and kept warm. Of the 26 hatchlings that were caught this spring, these 12 are now large enough that they should no longer be as susceptible to predation, and therefore are ready to return to the wild. The 14 remaining hatchlings will continue to grow and will be released in the spring of 2016.

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.