Illustration of the Steelhead vehicle license plate showing a steelhead swimming under water. WDFW seeks support for steelhead license plate
A special license plate featuring a steelhead – the official state fish of Washington – could be an option for vehicle owners if a proposal for the new plate is approved by the state Legislature. Learn more >>
Sign the petition supporting the steelhead license plate

Photo of a Western Gray Squirrel and a Sage Grouse
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WDFW seeks comment on proposed protective status of greater sage-grouse and western gray squirrel
State wildlife managers are seeking public comment on draft status reviews that recommend keeping greater sage-grouse and western gray squirrels on the state’s threatened species list.
WDFW seeks input on proposed protective status of snowy plovers, northern spotted owls

Closeup photo of a snake with red, black and yellow/white bands. WDFW seeks comments on update to State Wildlife Plan
State wildlife managers are seeking public comments on updates to the State Wildlife Action Plan, which identifies 268 fish and wildlife species with the greatest conservation needs in Washington state.
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Closeup photo of Gray Wolf looking intently at the camera.

Wolves are returning to Washington. Learn about wolf natural history, Washington wolf packs, how to report sightings, and preparation of a conservation and management plan for the state. Learn more >>

Wolf-Livestock Deterrence Updates for 2015
2014 Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report
View map of recent wolf observation reports
Frequently Asked Questions About Wolves in Washington

Photo of deformed hoof Elk Hoof Disease
Sporadic reports of lame elk or elk with overgrown or missing hooves have been received in southwest Washington since the mid 1990’s. Reports of this “hoof disease” have been increasing and hunters have regularly seen and sometimes harvested an elk with this condition.
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Elk Hoof Disease Public Working Group (EHDPWG)
Frequently Asked Questions
Submit an Elk Hoof Rot / Deformation Report

Map of washington with yellow dots indicating where land acquisition proposals are throughout the state. This web page describes WDFW's proposals for new land acquisition during 2015-17 and provides a virtual tour of 16 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

Help Support Wildlife Activities in Washington

Five new license plate backgrounds to choose from, featuring some of the state’s premier wildlife species. Proceeds from the sale of the plates go to improving management for these and other wildlife species as well as improving conservation and recreation programs related to wildlife in Washington. Now, you can combine BOTH a wildlife background and a personalized message!
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WDFW seeks comment on proposed protective status of greater sage-grouse and western gray squirrel
WDFW seeks comments on a draft mule deer management plan
WDFW to survey beaches for forage fish
Bluetongue virus confirmed in white-tailed deer in eastern Washington
WDFW seeks input on proposed protective status of snowy plovers, northern spotted owls
Drought conditions prompt WDFW to limit suction dredging, other activities in rivers
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