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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Lightning strike above Schalow pond early in the morning.
Lightning strike above Schalow pond early in the morning.
Photo taken by Justin Haug

Road Washouts Associated with Methow Storms: There was a low of 61 and a high of 98, with a mix of sunny, stormy, and overcast days. Heavy rain, high winds, and lightning passed through the valley on several occasions this week. Several isolated storm cells sat over portions of the wildlife area and caused considerable erosion. Most of the erosion took place on Lester Road (unnamed creek) and on Ramsey Creek Road where Pearrygin Creek blew out. The aftermath is something to behold.

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.