Closeup of a Tufted Puffin - photo by Steven Pavlov
Photo by Steven Pavlov

Public comment sought on protective status for tufted puffins, Steller sea lions
WDFW has recommended listing tufted puffins on the state's endangered species list and removing Steller sea lions from the state's threatened species list. Learn more >>

Final Tufted Puffin Status Report
Final Seller Sea Lion Status Report

Photo of two ducks swimming.
WDFW seeks public's help in testing wild birds for flu
WDFW is seeking the public's help in testing waterfowl and other wild birds for a type of avian influenza that has killed tens of thousands of chickens and domestic turkeys in British Columbia and has recently been detected in wild birds in Washington. Learn more >>
Avian Influenza Facts

Photo of shorline stabilization work Commission adopts updated rules for construction projects near water
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has adopted a comprehensive update to the state's Hydraulic Code rules, which regulate construction projects and other work in or near state waters to protect fish life. Learn more >>

HPA Rulemaking Website

Photo of deformed elk hoof. WDFW seeks public's assistance to monitor hoof disease in elk
State wildlife managers are seeking help from hunters and the general public in monitoring the spread of hoof disease among elk in 10 counties in southwest Washington. Learn more >>

Bacterial Hoof Disease in Southwest Washington Elk
Frequently Asked Questions
Elk Hoof Disease Public Working Group

This web page describes WDFW's proposals for new land acquisition during 2015-17 and provides a virtual tour of 13 proposals. These projects were developed by WDFW staff and approved by the department's executive management team to conserve important fish and wildlife habitats. Learn more >>

Western pond turtle populations have declined due to commercial exploitation for food, loss of habitat and introduced predators, such as bullfrogs and large-mouth bass. By the mid-1990s, Western pond turtles were found in just two small populations totaling about 150 turtles. Led by WDFW, the Western Pond Turtle Working Group, continues to work to overcome threats to species survival. Learn more >>
Population Habitat Viability Assessment
Washington State Recovery Plan for the Western Pond Turtle
Status Report for the Western Pond Turtle


Threatened and Endangered Wildlife: 2012 Annual Report
This report summarizes recent recovery actions for the 46 endangered, threatened, and sensitive wildlife species in Washington, with an emphasis on activities occurring in 2012. It also includes accounts for 26 of the 113 species that are candidates for listing as endangered, threatened, or sensitive. Learn more >>

Species of Concern List


California sea lion eating salmon Columbia River salmon and steelhead face a serious threat from California sea lions that prey on fish waiting to move up the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam in early spring. Each year since 2002, sea lions have consumed thousands of migrating fish, many from threatened and endangered runs protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Learn more >>

Download pamphlet Water Crossing Design Guidelines
The cost of a barrier culvert replacement is very high and multiplied by the thousands that currently dot the landscape. If new culverts fail to provide fish passage, then this money has been wasted and the outlay doubled since they must be replaced a second time in order to comply with State law. On the basis of economics alone, it is important to replace culverts right the first time. By following the advice given in this document and by relying on the expertise of knowledgeable designers and biologists, we hope that your water crossing project is successful. Learn more >>

Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs)
WDFW is currently updating draft management plans designed to guide state hatchery operations in portions of Puget Sound. People who would like to receive email notification of updated HGMPs must subscribe at the website. All future notifications will be distributed to subscribers and posted on the website. Learn more >>


The Salmon Conservation Reporting Engine (SCoRE) website provides up-to-date information on populations, and provide context for the efforts WDFW and its partners are taking in the arenas of habitat, hatcheries, and harvest to protect and conserve salmon and steelhead in Washington. Learn more >>

Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program

Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary
Good environmental stewardship begins in our own backyards. WDFW’s Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary program helps you manage your property for wildlife with information on landscaping with plants that provide food and cover. Learn more >>

Invasive Colonial Tunicates Invasive Tunicates Discovered in Washington
Report an invasive species sighting
Chiliwist Wildlife Area shrub-steppe Wildlife Area Management Plans
WDFW manages nearly one million acres of land around the state for fish and wildlife, habitat conservation and wildlife related recreation.


21st Century Salmon and Steelhead Initiative

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife developed the 21st Century Salmon and Steelhead Initiative to meet its responsibilities in recovering salmon and steelhead and provide sustainable fisheries.

Wildlife License Plates

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Five new license plate backgrounds to choose from, featuring some of the state’s premier wildlife species. Proceeds from the sale of the plates go to improving management for these and other wildlife species as well as improving conservation and recreation programs related to wildlife in Washington. Now, you can combine BOTH a wildlife background and a personalized message!
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WDFW police featured on Animal Planet's 'Rugged Justice'
WDFW seeks comments on land acquisition proposals
Commission selects Unsworth as new director of WDFW
Public comment sought on protective status for tufted puffins, Steller sea lions
Grants will support 'shore friendly' landowner projects in Puget Sound
Commission approves Game Management Plan, discusses Willapa Bay salmon fisheries
Commission to discuss Willapa Bay salmon fisheries, consider Game Management Plan
WDFW accepting applications for ALEA volunteer grants
Brown pelican PHS on the Web
An interactive map of WDFW priority habitats and species information for project review.
Washington's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy and Wildlife Action Plan
Fish and Wildlife Commission Hatchery & Fishery Reform Policy
Fisher Reintroduction Information
Avian Influenza Facts
Wildlife Areas Habitat Conservation Planning
Endangered Species Information
Priority Habitat and Species
Ballast Water Regulations and Research
SalmonScape SalmonScape
Interactive mapping application includes salmon distribution, status, and habitats
Species & Ecosystem Research
Wildlife Program Weekly Activity Reports
WDFW Oil Spill Team
WDFW Image Gallery
Washington Amphibian & Reptile Atlas
Amphibian & reptile information