Washington Hunting News

Comments Sought on Six Year Game Plan
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting public comments for the next 21 days on the environmental impact of the department's proposed six-year game species management plan. The public is invited to comment on the scope of the environmental-impact statement (EIS) for the comprehensive plan that defines management direction for Washington's game species including deer, elk, migratory and upland birds, cougar, moose, mountain goat, big horn sheep, black bear, rabbits, furbearers and unclassified game animals.
EagleCam Restored
After getting slammed by over 2.54 million hits in a single day, Washington's EagleCam is back on line. EagleCam fans didn't miss major eagle activity during the period the site was down, although this is a period of rapid growth and the nest's two eaglets appear to have added a bit of weight and more downy feathers, Gibilisco said. The eaglets hatched out in late April. The EagleCam is available here.
Elk Poaching Information Sought
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is asking for citizens' help in identifying individuals responsible for killing several bull elk recently in the Mount St. Helens Wildlife Area south of State Route 504 in southwest Washington.
Black Bears in Motion
With the arrival of spring, black bears and other Washington wildlife are venturing out and are more likely to be seen now than they are in other seasons. Despite the growing human population and increasing encroachment into wildlife habitat, Washington's black bears appear to be thriving and currently number 20,000 to 30,000 animals statewide. Black bears populations are dense in some areas of the state, with concentrations of up to one resident bear per 1.5 square miles on the western slopes of the Cascades Mountains.
Cougars Stop Bighorn Feeding
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) stopped feeding bighorn sheep at the Sullivan Lake winter feeding station in Pend Oreille County this week because cougars persisting there pose a potential public safety problem. This is the second consecutive year that sheep feeding at the popular viewing site near Noisy Creek campground on the Sullivan Lake Ranger District of the Colville National Forest has been curtailed due to cougars.