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.
Learn about the variety of ecosystems found in Washington that provide habitat for fish and wildlife.
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.

Washington is home to a variety of amphibians (salamanders, frogs, and toads) and reptiles (turtles, lizards, and snakes).

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.
Enjoy live footage of salmon and steelhead in the greater Puget Sound area.

Species news & important dates

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International partners work together for tufted puffin research

Did you know that tufted puffins have nesting colonies here in Washington state? Tufted puffins are iconic seabirds that nest across the North Pacific Rim from California through British Columbia and Alaska to Japan.

black bear in garbage
Why can’t more black bears be relocated following conflicts?

Unfortunately, once bears know about a non-natural food source they keep coming back and can lose their fear of humans. The most important action we can take is to remove food and other bear attractants.

Conservation starts here

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Emergency measures deployed to control European green crabs

WDFW, tribes, shellfish growers and others are working to control this damaging invasive species.

Orca off Orcas Island on a sunny day
Share your feedback on rules for vessels operating near Southern Resident orcas

Online public survey open through Sept. 30.

Columbian white-tailed deer
WDFW seeks comment on status report for Columbian white-tailed deer

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public input on its draft status review for the Columbian white-tailed deer.

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