These weekly Wildlife Program reports summarize the current activities of our field and headquarters staff, arranged by our four goals, five divisions, and six regions including Wildlife Areas within those regions:
  1. Conserve and protect native fish and wildlife.
  2. Provide sustainable fishing, hunting and other wildlife-related recreational and commercial experiences.
  3. Promote a healthy economy, protect community character, maintain an overall high quality of life, and deliver high-quality customer service.
  4. Build an effective and efficient organization by supporting our workforce, improving business processes, and investing in technology.

* Reported activities will not necessarily reflect every goal, division or region each week.

  1. Game
  2. Lands
  3. Science
  4. Wildlife Diversity
  1. Eastern
  2. North-central
  3. South-central
  4. North Puget Sound
  5. Southwest
  6. Coastal






See archive for earlier reports


Fire burning through ponderosa pine stand and contractor watering line in the morning light.

Sinlahekin Ecosystem Restoration Project – Phase 3 Prescribed Burning: Okanogan Lands Operations Manager Haug participated in a prescribed burn as part of the Sinlahekin Ecosystem Restoration Project phase 3. The burns took place near Sarsapkin Creek southwest of Forde Lake on the wildlife area. Haug sporadically participated, observed the crew and Methow Valley contractors and took photo points prior to the burning. The burns consumed much of the timber slash scattered following the timber harvests in 2015. Approximately 40 acres were burned over three units. More burns may occur this fall if sunny days return long enough to dry out the remaining units.

Recent Wildlife Videos
Cougar with Kittens
A WDFW remote camera caught this video of a mother cougar with her kittens on a deer kill.

Bear Head Rub
A WDFW remote camera captured this black bear as it attacked a tree in an effort to get a good head rub.


Rolling Wolverine

WDFW remote cameras caught this wolverine rolling in the snow during the winter's multi-carnivore surveys. WDFW biologists continue to test methodologies for surveying multiple carnivore species, particularly wolverine and lynx.

Canada Lynx
A WDFW remote camera captured this Canada lynx in the Goat Mountain area displaying typical cat rubbing behavior.