Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Bighorn Sheep Removal
8:09 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Washington To Remove Sick Bighorn Sheep

More of Washington’s bighorn sheep have been infected with bacteria that cause pneumonia. Wildlife managers are planning to remove several animals from one herd so that they don’t infect other sheep.
Credit Bmaas / flickr

  More of Washington’s bighorn sheep have been infected with bacteria that cause pneumonia. The disease can sometimes wipe out entire herds. Wildlife managers are planning to remove several animals from one herd so that they don’t infect other sheep.

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Puget Sound
8:02 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Shellfish Tell Puget Sound's Polluted Tale

Credit Ingrid Taylar / Flickr

Scientists are using shellfish to conduct the broadest study of pollution levels in Puget Sound. Filter-feeders, like mussels, provide a snapshot of the contaminants along the shores of the Sound. And … in some areas, they’re pretty contaminated.

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Flood, Fish, and Farmers
5:14 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Flash Floods Create Unusual Problem For Farmers, Fish

An example of a salmon screen that has become muddy due to recent flooding.
Credit Danny Didricksen / Earthfix

Flash floods this August swept mud, debris, and ash through north central Washington. All that gunk has created an unusual problem for farmers and migratory fish.

Farmers usually install screens on the end of irrigation pipes to prevent clogs. Those screens also keep fish from being sucked out of the water and into farmers’ fields. But fish screens do little good when they get inundated with debris and mud.

Danny Didricksen is with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He said crews have been working non-stop to help unclog fish screens.

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Bighorn Sheep Disease
6:08 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Northwest’s Wild Bighorn Sheep See No Relief From Pneumonia Outbreaks

Pneumonia is often deadly in Bighorn sheep.
Credit Jack Barrie / Wikimedia

Bighorn sheep in the Northwest have their lambs in early spring. About now, those babies start playing together in the mountains. It’s sort of like lamby daycare. But that sweet, social behavior is spreading a deadly disease in several herds throughout the region.

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NW Wolves and Elk
5:55 am
Fri July 19, 2013

States' Status Update On Wolf-Elk Relationship: It's Complicated

Successfully reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995, after a 70-year absence.
Credit Steve Jurvetson

The presence of wolves may mean hunters can't count on finding elk in favorite hunting spots … but that doesn’t necessarily mean there are fewer elk. That was the message from wildlife managers in three Northwest states Thursday in an online public meeting.

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Infected Bighorn Sheep
4:26 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

WA Wildlife Managers To Euthanize Bighorn Sheep

A herd of bighorn sheep has been infected with a disease that causes pneumonia.
Credit Matthew Zalewski / Wikimedia Commons

Wildlife managers are euthanizing bighorn sheep in central Washington. A herd has been infected with a disease that causes pneumonia.

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New Wolf Pack
6:08 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Washington Confirms ‘Wenatchee Wolf Pack’

A new wolf pack was confirmed outside Wenatchee.
Credit Northwest News Network

Washington officials confirmed a new wolf pack outside Wenatchee this week. But the pack has already run into trouble with ranchers.

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Tracking Pygmy Rabbits
4:45 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Pygmy Rabbits Recovering In The Wild

Washington’s pygmy rabbits were federally listed as endangered in 2003.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website

Biologists released more than 100 pygmy rabbits into the wild this summer. Now, as temperatures drop and snow falls, they’re out tracking the rabbits to find out how many of the endangered species have survived.

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Raid On Suspected Poachers And Traffickers
6:46 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Illegal Meat And Fish The Subject Of Raids In Washington

A series of raids by Washington Fish and Wildlife police have targeted suspected poachers and traffickers of items like game meat, endangered fish and antlers.
Lori Iverson U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Washington Fish and Wildlife police have raided more than a dozen locations around the state. The one day blitz on suspected poachers and traffickers follows a two year undercover investigation.

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State Officials Kill Wolf
4:33 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Washington Officials Kill First Wolf Over Livestock Loss

State officials killed a female wolf in northeastern Washington Tuesday.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

For the first time, state officials have killed a female wolf from a pack in northeastern Washington after repeated incidents with livestock on nearby ranches.

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