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.

Species news & important dates

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Take precautions to avoid deer collisions this winter

Your risk of colliding with a deer on rural and suburban roads is much higher during November. Deer have started their mating season so their behaviors and movements are atypical in ways that make them very risky for motorists.

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Swans returning to Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties

 Trumpeter and tundra swans are returning to Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, and other western Washington counties.

Conservation starts here

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Excavator works on restoration project
Restoring fish passage
When fish cannot spawn upstream or reach traditional rearing areas, populations decrease and may not survive locally.
Mule deer forage in shrubsteppe habitat
Shrubsteppe spotlight
WDFW worked with Forterra and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to buy 4,486 acres of land near Yakima to benefit wildlife and people.