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Wildlife Program Weekly Activity Reports
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:
Conserve and protect native fish and wildlife.
Provide sustainable fishing, hunting and other wildlife-related recreational and commercial experiences.
Promote a healthy economy, protect community character, maintain an overall high quality of life, and deliver high-quality customer service.
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.
Drone use at Snoqualmie Falls – concern over nesting Peregrine Falcons: Biologist Anderson was contacted via Biologist Thompson from a concerned citizen with a video of drone use, very near the well-known and active Snoqualmie Falls peregrine eyrie. Anderson sent information to USFWS and internal enforcement as an FYI. He discussed this with Puget Sound Energy biologists who are having their staff post outreach signage regarding not using drones around the falls and in particular to not disturb wildlife. Thanks to PSE for taking quick action to help curb this intrusive activity.
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.
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.
Slow Motion Wolverine Release
The North Cascades Wolverine Research Project captures continue through the winter. We have been unable to corral any new animals, but continue to recapture the resident adult male we trapped earlier in the winter. This is a slow motion video of his latest release.