PUGET SOUND NEARSHORE
Photo of Puget Sound shorline Public comment sought on plan to restore Puget Sound shoreline
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are seeking public comments on a tentative proposal for restoring more than 5,000 acres of Puget Sound shoreline habitat. Learn more >>

SPECIES OF CONCERN
Closeup of a Tufted Puffin - photo by Steven Pavlov
Photo by Steven Pavlov
WDFW seeks comments on protective status for tufted puffins and Steller sea lions
WDFW is taking public input on state status reports and listing recommendations for tufted puffins and Steller sea lions. The department is recommending listing tufted puffins on the state's endangered species list and removing Steller sea lions from the state's threatened species list. Learn more >>
WDFW to review status of western gray squirrel, seeks public comment
WDFW begins status reviews, seeks information on 15 wildlife species

WILDLIFE HEALTH
Photo of deformed elk hoof. WDFW seeks public's assistance to monitor hoof disease in elk
State wildlife managers are seeking help from hunters and the general public in monitoring the spread of hoof disease among elk in 10 counties in southwest Washington. Learn more >>

Bacterial Hoof Disease in Southwest Washington Elk
Frequently Asked Questions
Elk Hoof Disease Public Working Group

LAND ACQUISITIONS
This web page describes WDFW's proposals for new land acquisition during 2015-17 and provides a virtual tour of 13 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 >>

WESTERN POND TURTLE RECOVERY
Western pond turtle populations have declined due to commercial exploitation for food, loss of habitat and introduced predators, such as bullfrogs and large-mouth bass. By the mid-1990s, Western pond turtles were found in just two small populations totaling about 150 turtles. Led by WDFW, the Western Pond Turtle Working Group, continues to work to overcome threats to species survival. Learn more >>
Population Habitat Viability Assessment
Washington State Recovery Plan for the Western Pond Turtle
Status Report for the Western Pond Turtle

SPECIES OF CONCERN

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

 


COLUMBIA RIVER SEA LIONS
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 >>

FISH PASSAGE
Download pamphlet Water Crossing Design Guidelines
The cost of a barrier culvert replacement is very high and multiplied by the thousands that currently dot the landscape. If new culverts fail to provide fish passage, then this money has been wasted and the outlay doubled since they must be replaced a second time in order to comply with State law. On the basis of economics alone, it is important to replace culverts right the first time. By following the advice given in this document and by relying on the expertise of knowledgeable designers and biologists, we hope that your water crossing project is successful. Learn more >>

HATCHERIES
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 >>

SALMON CONSERVATION

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 >>


HABITAT RESTORATION & PROTECTION
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 >>


AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES
Invasive Colonial Tunicates Invasive Tunicates Discovered in Washington
Report an invasive species sighting
WDFW LANDS
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.

SALMON & STEELHEAD CONSERVATION

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.


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   LATEST NEWS
Federal funding cuts lead to reductions in Columbia River hatchery coho, steelhead
Public can comment on new draft of proposed Game Management Plan
Grants support protection of key Puget Sound nearshore habitat
WDFW seeks candidates for Wolf Advisory Group
Washington and Oregon seek nominations for Columbia River fishery advisory groups
Public comment sought on plan to restore Puget Sound shoreline
WDFW seeks comments on protective status for tufted puffins and Steller sea lions
Brown pelican PHS on the Web
An interactive map of WDFW priority habitats and species information for project review.
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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
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Species & Ecosystem Research
Wildlife Program Weekly Activity Reports
WDFW Oil Spill Team
WildWatchCams
WDFW Image Gallery
Washington Amphibian & Reptile Atlas
Amphibian & reptile information