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.

Shrubsteppe habitat

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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.
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

doe and fawns
Spring babies — do they need your help?

Every year we see people who want to “help” fawns left alone in the forest. But, just because baby animals are alone does not mean they need help. Fight the urge to pick up and rescue bedded fawns — you might save their life.


Bear getting into trash can
Spring brings outdoor fun and bear activity

Black bears are emerging from their winter dens hungry after five months of not eating. During this time of increased bear activity, it is important for homeowners and hikers to secure un-natural food sources to reduce bear encounters.



Conservation starts here

Recreating in Washington cougar country
Cougars are an important and essential part of Washington's ecosystem, and their habitat can overlap in areas where we live and recreate.
Aerial view of relic oxbow channel to be restored.
Fish passage barrier to be removed on the West Fork Chehalis River
In partnership with Weyerhaeuser Company, Lewis Conservation District is sponsoring this river restoration project to open seven miles of previously isolated stream habitat for salmon and steelhead.
many domestic bunnies
Released domestic bunnies aren't free, they are food
If they survive, they may thrive, spreading disease, and competing with native wildlife

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