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WDFW Enforcement Customer Satisfaction Survey

The Enforcement Program of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is the fourteenth largest general law enforcement agency in the State, with 139 Fish and Wildlife Officers deployed statewide.  In addition to fish and wildlife law enforcement, Officers routinely enforce boating and specialized forest product laws, assist with public safety incidents, and respond to general criminal law enforcement calls for service.  In addition to Officers, the Program has five full-time Hunter Education staff, plus three Communications/Dispatch Officers, and other support staff in the Olympia Headquarters. 

Thank you for completing this survey. Your responses will be kept confidential.  Your feedback is very important because you represent other Washington residents who may not have a chance to respond.  Your input will lead to better service, will help set enforcement priorities, and improve employee training.

PART I. DEMOGRAPHICS

In Washington State this past year I have:

        (Please check all that apply)
Hunted
Trapped Wildlife
Fished Recreationally
Fished Commercially
Gathered Shellfish (clams, crabs, squid, oysters, etc.)
Attended a Hunter Education Class
Participated in Crime Observation Reporting Training/Eyes in the Woods Class
Traveled to view fish/wildlife

Used a:
WDFW Wildlife Area
WDFW Access Area (Boat Ramp)
Obtained a Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA)
Had a dangerous/problem/nuisance wildlife issue

Participated in outdoor recreation using a:
Boat
Snowmobile
Motorcycle/Off road vehicle (ORV)

What is your age?

What is your sex? Male Female

Are you a resident of this state?   Yes No

Do you hunt?   Yes No

Do you fish?   Yes No

In which Counties do you most frequently participate in outdoor recreation?

 
(Please check no more than three)
Adams County
Asotin County
Benton County
Chelan County
Clallam County
Clark County
Columbia County
Cowlitz County
Douglas County
Ferry County
Franklin County
Garfield County
Grant County
Grays Harbor County
Island County
Jefferson County
King County
Kitsap County
Kittitas County
Klickitat County
Lewis County
Lincoln County
Mason County
Okanogan County
Pacific County
Pend Oreille County

Pierce County
San Juan County
Skagit County
Skamania County
Snohomish County
Spokane County
Stevens County
Thurston County
Wahkiakum County
Walla Walla County
Whatcom County
Whitman County
Yakima County

PART II. PERSONAL CONTACT WITH ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM STAFF

In the past year, have you had any personal contact with the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Program?

Yes No

PART III. FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICER STAFFING LEVELS

When you recreate in Washington, how often do you observe others violating Fish and Wildlife rules or laws?

Always
Often
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

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When you recreate in Washington, how often do you see Fish and Wildlife Officers patrolling the area?

Always
Often
Sometimes
Rarely
Never

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How often would you wish to see Fish and Wildlife Officers patrolling your recreation area?

Much more often
More Often
No change
Less often
Much less often

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The statewide average is about three Fish and Wildlife Officers assigned to each county. Knowing this, do you feel that more Officers are needed, and if so where?

        (Please check all that apply)
No additional Officers - present patrol coverage is adequate.
Additional Officers are needed in Eastern Washington counties.
Additional Officers are needed in Western Washington counties.
Additional Officers are needed for patrolling coastal waters and Puget Sound.

Please check three of the following that you consider to be the most important activities for Fish and Wildlife Officers:

        (Please check no more than three)
Conducting regulatory checks of taxidermists, game farms, Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators, etc.
Conducting Hunter Education, Crime Observation Reporting Training classes; other public education
Conducting Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) and fish screen checks.
Enforcing boating, snowmobile, and ORV rules/laws.
Enforcing commercial fisheries/wholesale fish dealers rules/laws.
Enforcing general state criminal laws that ensure public safety.
Enforcing hunting/trapping rules/laws.
Enforcing recreational fisheries rules/laws.
Enforcing sanitary shellfish rules/laws.
Enforcing Wildlife Area/Access Area (boat ramp) rules/laws.
Responding to dangerous wildlife issues (typically cougar, bear, moose)
Responding to problem/nuisance wildlife issues (typically deer, elk, coyotes, raccoons, beavers, birds)

PART IV. ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM OVERALL EVALUATION

Is the Enforcement Program providing adequate fish and wildlife law enforcement in the county in which you recreate the most?

Yes No

Statewide? Yes No

Please rate the Enforcement Program’s quality of service given to protecting wildlife resources?

Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
Very Poor
No Opinion

Please rate the Enforcement Program’s quality of service given to protecting fish/shellfish resources?

Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
Very Poor
No Opinion

Please rate the Enforcement Program’s quality of service given to protecting public safety?

Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
Very Poor
No Opinion

Please rate the Enforcement Program’s overall quality as a natural resource law enforcement agency?

Excellent
Good
Average
Poor
Very Poor
No Opinion

Did you complete the 2007 Customer Satisfaction Survey?

Yes No

To submit recommendations and suggestions for improvement, please send your comments to enfcomments@dfw.wa.gov.