These weekly Wildlife Program reports summarize the current activities of our field and headquarters staff, arranged by our four goals, five divisions, and six regions including Wildlife Areas within those regions:
  1. Conserve and protect native fish and wildlife.
  2. Provide sustainable fishing, hunting and other wildlife-related recreational and commercial experiences.
  3. Promote a healthy economy, protect community character, maintain an overall high quality of life, and deliver high-quality customer service.
  4. Build an effective and efficient organization by supporting our workforce, improving business processes, and investing in technology.

* Reported activities will not necessarily reflect every goal, division or region each week.

  1. Game
  2. Lands
  3. Science
  4. Wildlife Diversity
  1. Eastern
  2. North-central
  3. South-central
  4. North Puget Sound
  5. Southwest
  6. Coastal





See also: SW Washington (Region 5) Wildlife Program Weekly Report Archive - 2006-2011


Photo of volunteers resting in cave by the newly repaired gate.
J. Nieland and L. Nieland after a hard day's work

Townsend's big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii): Biologist Anderson and three volunteers conducted repairs to one of the gates on a Trout Lake area lava cave critical to wintering and breeding Townsend's big-eared bats. Two gates were installed on this cave system approximately 20 years ago to prevent disturbance and vandalism to one of SW Washington's most important bat caves. In the past year, vandals have broken a lock on one entrance and dug under the gate on the other entrance. Volunteer J. Nieland (retired USFS recreation specialist responsible for the original design and construction of these gates in the early 1990's), returned this week to oversee repairs to the locking gate. A portable generator, welder, and cutting torch were transported to the site and a new locking system was installed that hopefully will deter vandals in the future. J. Nieland is known for his design and construction of gating systems for caves and mine shafts throughout the west. WDFW appreciates his dedication to bat conservation in Washington.

Recent Wildlife Videos
The Critter Gitter
The "Critter Gitter" noise device may prove to be more useful for deer than first thought. The trail video camera captured a deer running away after being spooked by the alarm. The trail video was moved to another location where deer are more prevalent to get a better baseline of the effectiveness of the noise device.

Rubber Boa Eating Mouse

Rubber boas are often notoriously difficult to feed in captivity, but the current temporary captive has readily consumed baby mice now on three occasions and is shaping up to be a good ambassador.

How to Scratch an Itch

WDFW cameras picked up this bear who found a creative way to get rid of an itch.

Logan with Attitude

WDFW and U.S. Forest Service staff captured Logan to replace his collar and assess some previous injuries. Just like the X-Men comic book character, this wolverine healed so well they had trouble finding the wound. He is in great shape. Logan is also every bit as feisty as his legendary father Rocky.