Wild animals are a source of fascination for many people, a living reminder of our connection to the natural world. At the same time, some wildlife species can pose a real problem if they take up residence in your attic or crawl space, damage crops or ornamental plants, or threaten your pet or family.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) offers guidance and information on how to deal with problematic animals on and around your property.
Hiring a Wildlife Control Operator
If you're unable or unwilling to deal with an unwanted wild animal, a WDFW-certified Wildlife Control Operator may be able to help.
Trapping nuisance wildlife
Learn how to trap nuisance wildlife, and what to do after you've caught an animal.
Evicting animals from buildings
Learn what to do if an animal is taking shelter in or under your house, shed, or other structure.
Qualifying for a deer or elk damage claim
Property owners who experience repeated crop losses from deer may be eligible for damage compensation.
Beaver relocation in Washington
WDFW currently issues permits to authorize beaver relocation under certain conditions as part of a pilot project to mitigate beaver damage and reduce mortalities.
Reports of beavers removed or relocated by permit
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife tracks nuisance beaver activity, beaver trapping, and beaver relocations as directed under state law.
Special trapping permit
State law prohibits the use of body-gripping traps to remove nuisance wildlife without first obtaining a special trapping permit.