Species status review

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) periodically reviews the status of protected species in the state to determine whether each species warrants its current listing or deserves to be delisted or reclassified.

State wildlife managers begin the review process by seeking information and data from the public, including non-governmental groups, universities, private researchers and naturalists, on each species. The public input period typically lasts one year.

WDFW uses the public information to update the status of each species and make a recommendation about the species' listing classification. Wildlife managers then solicit public comment on the draft status reviews for at least 90 days. WDFW staff ultimately present their recommendations to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor, at a public hearing.

Awaiting commission action

The commission will make a determination on the listing classification of the species listed below. Check the commission webpage for public hearing dates and locations.

  • None awaiting commission action

Draft status reviews available for public review

  • Gray Whale
  • Humpback Whale

    These draft status reports for the Gray Whale and Humpback Whale were reviewed by species experts and will be available for a 90-day public comment period from September 17 - December 21, 2020.  All comments received will be considered during the preparation of the final status report.  

    Submit written comments on this report by e-mail by December 21, to: TandEpubliccom@dfw.wa.gov

    Or by mail to:
    Conservation Assessment Section Manager,
    Wildlife Program Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    P.O. Box 43141, Olympia, WA 98504-3141

Tentative schedule to present findings to the Fish and Wildlife Commission

Species Date
Oregon Spotted Frog 2020
Oregon Vesper Sparrow 2020
Ferruginous Hawk 2020
Steller Sea Lion 2020
Western Snowy Plover 2021
Northern Spotted Owl 2021
Western Gray Squirrel 2021
Sage Grouse 2021
Brown Pelican 2021
Streaked Horned Lark 2021
Killer Whale 2021
Taylor's Checkerspot 2021
Columbia White Tailed Deer 2021
Bald Eagle 2021
Marbled Murrelett 2021
Canada Lynx 2021
White Pelican 2021
Peregrine Falcon 2021
Western Pond Turtle 2022
Woodland Caribou 2022
Sandhill Crane 2022
Green & Loggerhead Sea Turtles 2022
Leatherback Sea Turtle 2022
Yellow Billed Cuckoo 2022
Fisher 2022
Blue, Fin, Right, Sei, Sperm Whales 2022
Columbian Sharp Tailed Grouse 2023
Pygmy Rabbit 2023
Sea Otter 2023
Grizzly Bear 2024
Oregon Silverspot 2024
Tufted Puffin 2024