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Response Guidelines for Reported Gray Wolf Activity in Washington State

These response guidelines are a cooperative effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services (WS).  The purpose of the guidelines is to prepare for a coordinated and effective response to possible situations that may occur if wolf/human interactions take place in Washington State. This is not a wolf management plan or recovery plan.  It does not contain any objectives for establishing wolves in Washington State.  The guidelines adhere to federal and, where appropriate, state law and policy and emphasize close interagency and inter-governmental coordination and a common understanding of specific roles and responsibilities between all involved agencies. Learn more >>

Phone Contacts to Report Wolf Observations, Dead and Injured Wolves, and Suspected Depredation

1. To report wolf activity or sightings, without a problem incident:

Call the Wildlife Reporting Hotline (1-877-933-9847) or the appropriate USFWS or WDFW office (phone numbers listed below).

2. To report possible wolf-caused livestock depredation:

Call USDA Wildlife Services or the appropriate USFWS or WDFW office (phone numbers listed below). While waiting for the agencies to respond, the caller should follow these instructions to protect the scene:

Avoid walking in and around the area.
Do not touch anything and keep all people and animals from the area to protect evidence.
Place a tarp over the carcass.
If possible, use cans or other objects to cover tracks and scats that can confirm the depredating species.

3. To report an injured or dead wolf:

Call the appropriate USFWS or WDFW office (phone numbers listed below). While waiting for the agencies to respond, the caller should follow these instructions to protect the scene:

Treat area as a potential crime scene.
Do not touch anything and keep all people and animals from the area to protect evidence.
Place a tarp over the wolf carcass.
If possible, use cans or other objects to cover footprints and animals tracks.

4. To report a wolf capture:

Call the appropriate USFWS or WDFW office (phone numbers listed below)

For emergency or after-hours:

Contact your local State Patrol Office and ask to be connected to a local WDFW wildlife officer.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Monday through Friday, 7:30 – 4:00, (except federal holidays):
Eastern Washington:
Wenatchee (509) 665-3508
Western Washington:
Lacey (360) 753-9440
USFWS Office of Law Enforcement to report dead or injured wolves:
Spokane (509) 928-6050

Bellingham (360) 733-0963

Lacey (360) 753-7764 Burbank (Tri-Cities) (509) 546-8344
Redmond (425) 883-8122 Portland (503) 780-9771
USFWS Office of Law Enforcement after hours:
Call Washington State Patrol Office (425-649-4370). Tell dispatcher which county is involved and ask to be connected to a USFWS Special Agent.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Monday through Friday, 8:00 – 5:00:
Spokane (509) 892-1001 Mill Creek (425) 775-1311
Ephrata (509) 754-4624 Montesano (360) 249-4628
Yakima (509) 575-2740 Olympia (360) 902-2200
Vancouver (360) 696-6211  
USDA Wildlife Services, Statewide, Monday through Friday, 8:00 – 5:00:
Olympia (360) 753-9884
For Emergency and after-hours:
Contact your local State Patrol Office and ask to be connected to a local WDFW wildlife officer.