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Species of Concern
Species Status Review
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) periodically reviews the status of protected species in the state to determine whether each species warrants its current listing or deserves to be delisted or reclassified.
State wildlife managers begin the review process byseeking information and data from the public, including non-governmental groups, universities, private researchers and naturalists, on each species. The public input period typically lasts one year.
WDFW uses the public information to update the status of each species and make a recommendation about the species' listing classification. Wildlife managers then solicit public comment on the draft status reviews for at least 90 days. WDFW staff ultimately present their recommendations to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor, at a public hearing.
Draft Status Reviews Available for Public Review
WDFW has updated draft status reviews and listing recommendations for several species.
Public comments will be accepted through Aug. 17, 2017, on the following species:
Comments on the reviews and recommendations can be submitted via email to TandEpubliccom@dfw.wa.gov or by mailto Hannah Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.