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Species Identification

Identification of Wolves and Lynx in Washington

Wolves and Lynx are in Washington

Both are protected by state and federal laws so they cannot be shot or killed. Be sure of identification if you are hunting coyote (statewide), or bobcats (northern WA).

Report wolf or other wildlife observations at:

Wolf or coyote?

BearWise Washington

YOU can help keep bears wild by being BearWise at your home or while camping, hunting, fishing or hiking.

  • Never feed or approach bears
  • Keep garbage bins indoors until trash day and remove bird feeders when bears are active (Apr-Nov)
  • Keep chickens and other small livestock protected in proper, covered, enclosures

Learn more about living responsibly with black bears by visiting