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OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking the public's help to provide information on 19 wildlife species as part of a periodic review of native wildlife populations. 

WDFW's review process includes the following species: Steller Sea Lion, Killer Whale, Lynx, Western Gray Squirrel, Woodland Caribou, Columbian White-tailed Deer, Brown Pelican, White Pelican, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Greater Sage-grouse, Sandhill Crane, Snowy Plover, Marbled Murrelet, Northern Spotted Owl, Streaked Horned Lark, Oregon Vesper Sparrow, Western Pond Turtle, and Taylor's Checkerspot butterfly. For a preliminary schedule of presentations to be made to the Fish and Wildlife Commission on these species by year, please visit our WDFW's Species Status Review website.

The species have all been listed, have been recently de-listed, or are being reviewed for listing as endangered, threatened or sensitive by the State of Washington.

"We are interested in obtaining information from the public, including non-governmental organizations, universities, private researchers and naturalists, to supplement current data," said Hannah Anderson, listing and recovery section manager for WDFW's Wildlife Diversity Division.

"We're fortunate to have people in Washington who care deeply and engage on these issues," she added. "Such groups and individuals likely have valuable data, such as annual population counts or privately developed habitat management plans."

WDFW is specifically looking for information on:

  • Species demographics
  • Habitat conditions
  • Threats and trends
  • Conservation measures that have benefited the species
  • New data collected since the last status review for the species

Public input is an important part of gathering the best available scientific data for any species, said Anderson. "We greatly value this information and all the people who work with us to conserve and protect species," she added.

Wildlife managers will use the information to help update status reports for each species. More information on the process is available on WDFW's Species Status Review website.

The public may share information by email vial TandEpubliccom@dfw.wa.gov, or by mail to Hannah Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, P.O. Box 43141, Olympia, WA 98504-3141.

WDFW will seek additional public comments, complete a draft status review and make updated status reports available on the department's website as they are completed. The public will be able to view the most recent species reports and past reports online.

WDFW is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities. The agency works to keep common species common and restore species of greatest conservation need.

(3) comments

Tom Davis

Since we seem to reevaluating pretty much everything these days maybe we should ask ourselves if we even need wildlife; it costs millions to save things we don’t even eat, like cougars and bobcats, right? So what are we saving them for? I mean, it’s not like we’re going to run out of deer anytime soon, and with fewer predators we increase the success rate of deer hunters. We should keep the bees, of course, they work for us so they’re worth saving, but do we really need otters or seals or whales, all they do is eat the same food salmon eat so there’s less salmon, and I really like salmon, especially with seasoned butter and a sprig of rosemary. So, let’s revisit the whole save the bald eagles, mural marmalades or whatever they call those stupid birds, and get rid of things we don’t actually need and get on with mining, timber cutting and all the other good stuff that actually makes money so we can have a better life. That’s my opinion.

Tom Davis

P.S. No wildlife was harmed during the creation of this satire.

Kevin Frankeberger

The humor here is that it had to be pointed out that Tom's comment was indeed, satire. I hear that whale blubber isn't too bad if eaten before being used for lantern fuel.

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