Threatened and endangered species

As the state’s human population continues to grow, more fish and wildlife species have been put at risk by loss and fragmentation of critical habitat, disturbance and introduction of non-native species. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife oversees the listing and recovery of those species in danger of being lost in the state.

A printable PDF version of the list is also available.

Species Category State Species Status Federal Species status
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) Mammals Endangered Endangered
Bocaccio (Puget Sound/Georgia Basin DPS) (Sebastes paucispinis) Fish Endangered
Chinook salmon (Upper Columbia River Spring DPS) (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha pop. 12) Fish Endangered
Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) Mammals Endangered Endangered
Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) Mammals Sensitive Endangered
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Mammals Endangered Endangered
Island marble (Euchloe ausonides) Butterflies and moths Candidate Endangered
Killer whale (Orcinus orca) Mammals Endangered Endangered
Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) Reptiles Endangered Endangered
Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) Reptiles Endangered Endangered
North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) Mammals Endangered Endangered
Pygmy rabbit (Columbia Basin population) (Brachylagus idahoensis) Mammals Endangered Endangered
Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) Mammals Endangered Endangered
Short-tailed albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) Birds Candidate Endangered
Sockeye salmon (Snake River ESU) (Oncorhynchus nerka pop. 1) Fish Endangered
Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) Mammals Endangered Endangered
Taylor's checkerspot (Euphydryas editha taylori) Butterflies and moths Endangered Endangered
Woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus) Mammals Endangered Endangered