Mammals

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Bats

There are more than 40 species of bats[http://www.batcon.org/index.php/all-about-bats/species-profiles.html] in the United States, each with distinctive physical characteristics.
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Beavers

Weighing an average of 40 pounds, Beavers are the largest rodents in North America. They are built to live in water with their thick fur, webbed feet, paddle-shaped tails, and ears and nostrils that close when they dive under water. Beavers also have strong, constantly growing incisor teeth that allow them to gnaw through wood. They are herbivores and prefer to eat leaves, bark, twigs, roots and aquatic plants. Although occasionally active during the day, Beavers are mostly nocturnal.
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Cougars and Bears

Cougars and Black Bears are usually associated with remote wilderness, but they are frequently present in rural areas and are occasionally even spotted in or close to cities. They are highly intelligent animals who quickly learn to take advantage of new food sources that become available.
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Coyotes

Known in Native American lore as the "trickster," the Coyote has survived and thrived by being highly adaptable. Coyotes make their homes in diverse habitats from deserts to forests, also living close to people in rural areas, suburbs and even cities. Coyotes are generally active throughout the day, with activity peaking at dawn and dusk. They may also be active at night, especially in cities where they feel safer after dark.
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Deer

Deer are a common sight throughout Washington State, although the kind of deer varies by region. On the west side of the Cascade Mountains the Columbian Black-tailed Deer is the dominant species. You can find Mule Deer and White-tailed Deer east of the Cascade crest, and the endangered Columbian White-tailed Deer are found in pockets of habitat along the lower Columbia River.
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Mice and Rats

The natural habitat of wild mice and rats includes forests and grasslands, and their range extends from sea level to high mountain elevations.
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Moles

Although moles are very common in Western Washington, they are rarely seen due to their subterranean lifestyle. But you usually know when they're around. As moles excavate and maintain their underground burrow systems, excess soil is pushed to the surface forming molehills.
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Mountain Beavers

The Mountain Beaver is not a mountain version of the Beaver who makes dams. They are different animals. Mountain Beavers are stocky burrowing mammals typically between 10 and 18 inches long and weighing from 1 to 3 pounds. Their fur is dark brown and they have rounded heads with small beady eyes and small ears. Their legs are short but strong and they have long, strong claws for digging on the front feet.
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Opossums

The Virginia Opossum is the only marsupial (pouched mammal) native to North America. Also known simply as "possums," they originally lived only in the southeastern United States. Opossums were introduced to the West in 1890 and currently have established populations along the West Coast from British Columbia to San Diego.
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Rabbits

Washington State is home to several species of rabbits and hares. The species PAWS most commonly receive calls about are Eastern Cottontails and occasionally Snowshoe Hares.
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Raccoons

Historically found in forests, wetlands and along river and stream corridors the highly adaptable Raccoon has learned to thrive in close proximity to humans. Now you can find commonly Raccoons in suburbs and even busy cities.
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Skunks

There are two species of skunks in Washington State. The Spotted Skunk and the Striped Skunk.
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Squirrels

The most common tree squirrel in Western Washington is the non-native Eastern Gray Squirrel. Introduced into the Seattle area in the early 1900s, it has become well established in cities and suburbs.
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Wolves

After a more than 70 year absence, Gray Wolves are returning to Washington State. This is an exciting time for conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts who value the role this keystone species plays in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), wolves were formerly common throughout much of the state, but as ranching and farming by European-American settlers expanded during the period between 1850 and 1900, the wolves were heavily trapped, poisoned and hunted. By the 1930’s, wolves had been eliminated as a breeding species in Washington.