SPECIES OF CONCERN
Closeup of a Tufted Puffin - photo by Steven Pavlov
Photo by Steven Pavlov
WDFW seeks comments on protective status for tufted puffins and Steller sea lions
WDFW is taking public input on state status reports and listing recommendations for tufted puffins and Steller sea lions. The department is recommending listing tufted puffins on the state's endangered species list and removing Steller sea lions from the state's threatened species list. Learn more >>
WDFW to review status of western gray squirrel, seeks public comment
WDFW begins status reviews, seeks information on 15 wildlife species

WOLF CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT
Photo of Gray Wolf by Gary Kramer, USFWS WDFW adopts new tactics to stop wolves from preying on flock of sheep
A rancher and state wildlife officials working to herd a flock of 1,800 sheep away from the site of recent wolf attacks in southern Stevens County today received authorization to shoot wolves that approach the flock. Learn more >>

State's wolf population kept expanding last year, according to WDFW survey
2013 Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report
View map of recent wolf observation reports
Frequently Asked Questions About Wolves in Washington

WESTERN POND TURTLE RECOVERY
Photo of Western Pond Turtle swimming in pond.
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

SPECIES OF CONCERN
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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

 


COLUMBIA RIVER SEA LIONS
Photo of a 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 >>

SALMON & STEELHEAD CONSERVATION

Photo of spawning salmon underwater.

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.


PUGET SOUND ROCKFISH CONSERVATION
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To ensure healthy stocks of rockfish populations in Puget Sound, WDFW has developed a draft Puget Sound Rockfish Conservation Plan, which is the preferred alternative among several presented in a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The goal of the draft conservation plan is to restore and protect our natural heritage of Puget Sound rockfish populations. Learn More >>
 
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