Photo of deformed hoof WDFW seeks reports of elk with hoof disease in Cascades
State wildlife managers are asking hunters, anglers, campers and others planning to spend time in the Cascade Mountains this fall to report any elk they encounter and pay close attention to see if any walk with a limp.
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Elk Hoof Disease Public Working Group (EHDPWG)
Frequently Asked Questions
Submit an Elk Hoof Rot / Deformation Report

Photo of of a Lynx in snow staring intently at the camera. WDFW seeks comments on protective status of 5 wildlife species
State wildlife managers are seeking public input on their recommendations to change the listing status for five protected wildlife species in Washington. Learn more >>

Photo of several bats hanging from cave wall with White Nose Syndrome White-nose Syndrome in Bats
A devastating bat disease called White-nose Syndrome is now in Washington. Help us monitor our bat populations by reporting sick or dead bats, or groups of bats. Learn more >>

Closeup photo of Gray Wolf looking intently at the camera.
2015 Annual Survey of Wolves in Washington 
Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management 2015 Annual Report
View map of recent wolf observation reports
Frequently Asked Questions About Wolves in Washington

Image of Washington state map with dots representing land acquisition projects

This web page describes WDFW's proposals for new land acquisition during 2016 and provides a virtual tour of 10 proposals. These projects were developed by WDFW staff and approved by the department's executive management team to conserve important fish and wildlife habitats. Learn more >>

Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs)
WDFW is currently updating draft management plans designed to guide state hatchery operations in portions of Puget Sound. People who would like to receive email notification of updated HGMPs must subscribe at the website. All future notifications will be distributed to subscribers and posted on the website. Learn more >>

Photo of shorline stabilization work Planning a construction project or other work in or near state waters? An environmental permit, commonly known as an HPA, is likely required.
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Threatened and Endangered Wildlife: 2012 Annual Report
This report summarizes recent recovery actions for the 46 endangered, threatened, and sensitive wildlife species in Washington, with an emphasis on activities occurring in 2012. It also includes accounts for 26 of the 113 species that are candidates for listing as endangered, threatened, or sensitive. Learn more >>

Species of Concern List


California sea lion eating salmon Columbia River salmon and steelhead face a serious threat from California sea lions that prey on fish waiting to move up the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam in early spring. Each year since 2002, sea lions have consumed thousands of migrating fish, many from threatened and endangered runs protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Learn more >>


The Salmon Conservation Reporting Engine (SCoRE) website provides up-to-date information on populations, and provide context for the efforts WDFW and its partners are taking in the arenas of habitat, hatcheries, and harvest to protect and conserve salmon and steelhead in Washington. Learn more >>

Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program

Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary
Good environmental stewardship begins in our own backyards. WDFW’s Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary program helps you manage your property for wildlife with information on landscaping with plants that provide food and cover. Learn more >>

Invasive Colonial Tunicates Invasive Tunicates Discovered in Washington
Report an invasive species sighting
Chiliwist Wildlife Area shrub-steppe Wildlife Area Management Plans
WDFW manages nearly one million acres of land around the state for fish and wildlife, habitat conservation and wildlife related recreation.


21st Century Salmon and Steelhead Initiative

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife developed the 21st Century Salmon and Steelhead Initiative to meet its responsibilities in recovering salmon and steelhead and provide sustainable fisheries.

Wildlife License Plates

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Committee members sought for Puget Sound recreational fisheries enhancement group
WDFW hosts public meeting to discuss plans to restore fish habitat on the Shillapoo Wildlife Area
WDFW suspends lethal action against Profanity Peak wolf pack
Chief of Engineers signs Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project report
Wooten Floodplain Plan public meetings scheduled Oct. 24, 25 in southeast Washington
Open house to kick off recreation planning for Teanaway Community Forest
Commission takes steps to protect wild redband trout in Lake Roosevelt
WDFW seeks comments on draft status reviews for woodland caribou, pond turtles and sandhill cranes
Brown pelican PHS on the Web
An interactive map of WDFW priority habitats and species information for project review.
Washington's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy and Wildlife Action Plan
Fish and Wildlife Commission Hatchery & Fishery Reform Policy
Fisher Reintroduction Information
Avian Influenza Facts
Wildlife Areas Habitat Conservation Planning
Endangered Species Information
Priority Habitat and Species
Ballast Water Regulations and Research
SalmonScape SalmonScape
Interactive mapping application includes salmon distribution, status, and habitats
Species & Ecosystem Research
Wildlife Program Weekly Activity Reports
WDFW Oil Spill Team
WDFW Image Gallery
Washington Amphibian & Reptile Atlas
Amphibian & reptile information