Reports of beavers removed or relocated by permit

Two beavers in live trap being relocated Kyla West

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) tracks nuisance beaver activity, beaver trapping, and beaver relocations as directed under state law.

Data is updated quarterly and posted as additional reports are received. Trappers and Wildlife Control Operators (WCO) submit their reports annually, and WDFW makes this information available after the reporting deadlines each year.

A license year runs from April to March of the following year.

License year Beaver relocations Beaver take - Conflict removal Beaver take - Harvest Total beaver take
2015 127 1,492 1,099 2,591
2016 83 1,743 682 2425
2017 84 1,521 810 2,331
2018 28 1251 730 1981





*Updated January 2020. An update to conflict removals is not available at this time.

Beaver relocations are reported by WCOs, special trapping permit holders, and WDFW staff. No beaver relocations are allowed unless by special permit from the department.

The total “take” of beavers includes nuisance removals reported by WCOs, special trapping permit holders, and recreational harvest as reported on catch reports.