Dial 911 to report an emergency

Carnivore Depredation
on Livestock

More information on wolf-livestock conflicts

A Washington Guide to Addressing Wolf-Livestock Conflicts

Procedure for Investigation of Livestock Injuries& Mortalities: A Manual for WDFW Field Personnel
WARNING: This manual contains graphic and potentially disturbing photos of depredation incidents.

How to report suspected livestock depredation incidents

What should I do if I suspect a wolf kill? 

Upon discovering injured or dead livestock that you believe has been attacked by a wolf, immediately report the situation using WDFW’s toll-free Reporting Hotline at 1-877-933-9847. WDFW or federal investigating authorities will respond as soon as possible. 

The actions that you take after locating an injured or dead livestock can have a tremendous impact on the results of the investigation that will follow.  Your cooperation is needed at the site to secure it from disturbance.  Treat the area as though it were a crime scene.  This includes taking the following steps:

  • Avoid walking in or around the area.
  • Do not touch anything.
  • Keep all people and animals from the area to protect evidence.
  • Place a tarp over the carcass.
  • Take photos of the scene if a camera is available.