Dangerous wildlife incident reports

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To report poaching in progress and emergency dangerous wildlife complaints, dial 911.

For non-emergency poaching or violation reporting, or non-emergency dangerous wildlife complaints, call 877-933-9847, or submit an online report. You can also text your poaching/violation tip to 847411 (TIP411). 

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State law requires the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to post on its website all reported incidents involving “predatory wildlife,” defined as cougars, wolves, and grizzly bears.

As directed by RCW 77.12.885, this includes accounts of “safety confrontations or sightings, as well as the known details of reported depredations by predatory wildlife on humans, pets, or livestock” within 10 days of receiving a report.

The map below shows only incidents in the last 30 days. Visit the Dangerous Incident Reports map to view, query and export data for all dangerous incident reports from 2010 to present.

Dangerous incident reports within the last 30 days. Go to the Dangerous Incident Reports map for all reports 2010 to present.

WDFW bases this information on reports by citizens to the department’s Enforcement Program. Dangerous wildlife incidents that were not reported are not on the list, and some reports shown on this website could not be verified. Multiple reports that are very close in time and geographic location may be recorded as one incident.

Note: The Dangerous Wildlife Reporting Tool does not reflect the exact location of the reported incident. For wolves and grizzly bears, the reported locations are placed in the center of the 36-square-mile township grid to protect sensitive data about these endangered species. Cougar reports are sited in the general vicinity of the incident. All reports appear within 24 hours of the reported observation.