- Wildlife Research and Management
- Wildlife Research and Management -- Game Management and Conservation
Published: June 2022
Author(s): Robert Waddell, Fenner Yarborough, Tucker Seitz
For many years, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has contributed significant effort and resources to assist property owners with managing and preventing human-wildlife conflict issues. In areas the North Cascades elk herd frequents, WDFW staff have partnered with local landowners, Tribal Co-managers, non-governmental organizations, and others to mitigate human-elk conflicts in the Skagit Valley and nearby areas. Our objective is to reduce negative impacts and costs landowners, agriculture, and local communities incur, while respecting that elk are native to the North Cascades region including the Skagit and Nooksack watersheds, naturally inhabit valley bottoms during portions of the year, and are of significant value for hunters, wildlife enthusiasts, Tribal Co-managers, and many other Washingtonians.
WDFW has funded full-time wildlife conflict staff to provide expert support and field assistance, assist landowners with fencing materials and installation, reimburse commercial producers for the costs of fertilizer, seed, and noxious weed control in areas disturbed by elk, offer hazing and other deterrents, deploy Master Hunters to properties where elk damage is greatest, and provide landowners with authority to remove elk using Damage and Kill Permits. We continually seek the appropriate balance between elk conflict management and conservation and are committed to working collaboratively with landowners, Tribal Co-managers, and others in this community.
Seitz, T., Waddell, R., Yarborough, F. 2022. North Cascades Elk Herd Management Summary. Olympia, WA: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.