Species & Habitats

Wildlife in Washington face a wide range of threats, from disease and invasive species to declining habitat and climate change. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to conserving and protecting the state's wildlife -- including endangered and other at-risk species -- from these threats. Learn about the work we're doing to protect Washington habitats and what to do if you encounter an orphaned or problematic animal.


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Looking to learn more about a specific fish or wildlife species in Washington? Start here.
Living in Washington means living with wildlife. Whether you've found a baby bird out of the nest or are dealing with deer damaging your backyard, WDFW is here to help when you cross paths with the state's diverse wildlife.
WDFW is responsible for managing endangered, threatened, and otherwise at-risk species in the state.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is hard at work helping protect and conserve fish and wildlife habitats in the state.
If you work or play in Washington’s many waterways, you may be unknowingly spreading invasive species destructive to our state’s environment and economy.
From elk hoof disease to white-nose syndrome in bats, WDFW tracks and responds to reports of disease affecting wildlife in our state.
The Toxics Biological Observation System (TBiOS) team monitors and tracks toxic contaminants in Puget Sound and on Washington's Pacific coast.

Species news & important dates

Wild Washington education graphic
Check out the new Wild Washington lesson plans for educators

To provide support for learners in Washington, we are offering a new service for the 2020-21 school year: wildlife-themed lesson plans for elementary, middle school, and high school students. 

black bear
Five tips for living with black bears this fall

Fall is here, and Washington’s black bears are stocking up fat reserves for winter hibernation. Black bear attempts to get into

Conservation starts here

Hiking in Washington cougar country
Follow Rich's safety tips for hiking in Washington.
Male Greater Sage-Grouse
Wildfires reinforce case for Greater Sage-grouse endangered status
Recent wildfires add to reasons for enhancing protections for Sage-grouse
Pygmy rabbit
Shrubsteppe species spotlight
Washington's endangered pygmy rabbit population suffered great loss from recent wildfires.