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.
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

black bear
The truth about bear spray — it’s not just for bears

Knowing how to use it and other FAQs answered

Did you know that bear spray works as a deterrent for a lot of species, not just bears? 


Bear getting into trash can
Be bear aware to prevent run-ins with bears this summer

Bears are coming close to human populations in many areas this summer. But with a little prep work on your property and no easy food sources, they will return to where they came from. 



Conservation starts here

Be Whale Wise to protect Southern Resident killer whales
Stay at least 300 yards from Southern Resident killer whales and at least 400 yards out of their path or behind the whales.
Forested area with beach and water
Restoring the connection between land and water
Watch the latest episode of Shore Friendly Living to learn how shoreline armoring can disrupt the ecological balance.
Ilwaco black bears release
This female black bear with three cubs was spotted frequenting a neighborhood in Ilwaco with a pet food container around her neck.

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