Patient of the Week

Learn more about the wild patients treated at PAWS Wildlife Center through this weekly feature.

March 27: American Black Bear

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This male American Black Bear is one of our winter-over patients and arrived at PAWS on December 12.  He is an orphaned cub who was found in an apple orchard in eastern Washington too young to be on his own. He will be in our care until his release later in the spring.  

March 20: Mink

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This adult female Mink was found near a road in Redmond in a bike lane and brought to PAWS on March 14.  Upon arrival, she was near death and spent most of her first couple of days in care on oxygen support in a specialized enclosure.  She is making small improvements every day yet still has a very guarded prognosis due to some neurological deficiencies and paresis in her left front leg.  

March 13: Bald Eagle

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Our patient of the week is a juvenile Bald Eagle who arrived at PAWS on February 24. She has multiple breaks in her pelvis and a broken right wing. It is possible she was struck by a train in Edmonds. She is currently spending a lot of time laying on the floor of a small outdoor enclosure and we are hopeful her pelvis will heal to full function although her prognosis is guarded.

March 6: Mallard duckling

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Baby season has started a bit early this year with the arrival of our first Mallard duckling. He is very weak and being housed in an incubator in our nursery until he regains his strength.

February 27: Surf Scoter

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Surf Scoters are seaducks and rare patients at PAWS; we have only received 9 in the past 10 years. Surf Scoters spend their winters along marine coasts and their summers inland in Alaska and Canada where they breed.

This male was transferred from another wildlife center for care. He was found in a drainage ditch and has a large neck wound. He is currently taking medication and is on supportive care in hopes his wound heals.  

February 20: Great Blue Heron

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This Great Blue Heron patient was brought to PAWS on February 10.  It was being attacked by an eagle and crows in someone’s yard.  When he arrived he had many puncture wounds, eye trauma, a bloody mouth and was unable to use his right foot.  After wearing a specialized shoe on his right foot for several days he seems to have regained use but is still cautious when using it.  We continue to monitor his progress and hope he regains proper usage of his right foot.

February 13: Red-tailed Hawk

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This Red-tailed Hawk patient was brought to PAWS on February 2. She was actually going after someone’s chickens and ended up getting her wing caught in a fence.  She was freed but then unable to fly. She is currently flying quite well in our Raptor Mews and is awaiting clearance for release. 

February 6: Lesser Scaup

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This Lesser Scaup patient was brought to PAWS by Edmonds Animal Control.  He was found in a public storage facility unable to move very well.  He has abrasions on his feet and a severe neck wound.  He is currently on medication and we are keeping him dry to aid in his neck healing.

January 30: 19 Glaucous-winged Gulls

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Our patients of the week are 19 Glaucous-winged Gulls and hybrids who were part of the mysterious gull die-off in Tacoma.

All of these patients are currently being tube fed and medicated several times a day by our rehabilitation staff with the help of our volunteers. We are still not sure what is causing their paralysis. 

January 23: Harbor Seal

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This Harbor Seal pup was brought to PAWS on January 12 after being spotted beached for several days by Seal Sitters. From afar she appeared to have several bloody spots on her coat which were indeed puncture wounds. After approval from NOAA the seal was brought to PAWS for rehabilitation.

Currently she is doing well spending time in an outdoor pool and eating fish on her own.

January 16: Bufflehead

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This Bufflehead came to PAWS on January 15 after flying into a roof. He was very weak, was hemorrhaging from the mouth and wounded at intake. He is currently enjoying time in one of our basement pools.  

January 9: Golden-crowned Kinglet

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Our 24th patient of the year is a Golden-crowned Kinglet who was the victim of a cat attack and has a right wing droop. He is unable to fly and is currently recovering in our hospital.

January 1: Bobcats

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Our first patients of the week of the new year are our bobcats who are wintering over at PAWS. They are both juveniles born in 2016, one in the spring and one in the summer. They are currently being housed together and raised as siblings. They will be released in the spring when food is more plentiful.

December 12: Red-breasted Sapsucker

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This Red-breasted Sapsucker was found in someone’s yard trying to get away from crows unable to fly.  He has some bruising over his right shoulder and is also unable to stand.  We are unsure what caused his injuries.  

December 12: Anna’s Hummingbird


We have received seven Anna’s Hummingbirds in the past 15 days, four of which we are currently treating. Our patient of the week is this beautiful male we received at the end of November.  He was found under a window with a serious wing injury we think was caused by a window strike. 

Unfortunately, the injuries for this patient were too severe and he did not make it to release. He is a sad reminder of the dangers of windows to birds, but there are steps we can take to prevent these strikes from happening.    

December 5: Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron in his rehabilitation enclosure at PAWS

This Great Blue Heron patient was rescued after getting entangled in fishing line that was being used to deter birds from hunting in a Koi pond.

Herons and other birds cannot see fishing line when strung above ponds. We recommend using other means to keep birds out of your pond, but if you decide to use fishing line please attach some reflective flaggery to the line so it can be seen by birds and prevent entanglement.

November 28: Raccoons

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This is one of the five Raccoons that are spending the winter with us at PAWS playing with a donated pumpkin. These youngsters will be released in the spring.  

November 21: Western Pond Turtle

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This is one of five Western Pond Turtles we are currently treating at PAWS. This is her third time here and she is being treated for ulcerative shell disease. 

She is part of the Western Pond Turtle recovery program which is a multi-organizational project to restore Western Pond Turtles who are endangered in Washington.  


November 14: Sharp-shinned Hawk

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This Sharp-shinned Hawk patient was brought to PAWS after hitting a window which lead to a ruptured crop. 

He underwent surgery to repair the tear which was successful.  He is now in an outdoor enclosure awaiting to be assessed for release.   

November 7: North American Beaver

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A North American Beaver was found lying at the edge of a pond on a golf course in Kenmore not moving very much. 

Although alert upon capture he has multiple wounds, which appear to be bite wounds, on his body, matted hair and fleas. Matted hair is very unusual in beavers as they are constantly grooming to keep their coat clean so they stay warm while in the water. He is spending some time at our wildlife center while he recuperates.

October 31: Glaucous-winged Gull


We have two Glaucous-winged Gull patients currently in care; one adult and one sub-adult.

The adult was found outside of a school in Lynnwood, unable to fly and with multiple wounds and lameness in his right leg. The sub-adult was found sitting in the middle of a parking lot in Everett. He was very weak and unable to fly.

It’s not clear to us what caused these two gulls to be grounded, but they are currently spending time in one of our pool enclosures until they have regained their flying ability.

October 24: Black-tailed Deer


Five Black-tailed Deer were released today thanks to our friends at King County Parks. Each came to PAWS too young to survive on their own and have been in care for more than 130 days.

This is our biggest release of the season and we are happy they could be returned to the wild as healthy sub-adult deer.

October 17: Northern Goshawk

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Patient 16-4202 is a juvenile Northern Goshawk who was transferred to us from Seattle Animal Shelter.

Unfortunately we do not know what happened to him but upon arrival at PAWS he was wet, dehydrated and very weak. He is being housed indoors in our indoors until further assessments are made by our vet team.

Northern Goshawks are very secretive and uncommon in most areas. Here in Washington, they are listed as a species of concern.  

October 10: Cassin's Auklet

A picture of a Cassin's Auklet patient in his bird pool at PAWS Wildlife Center 

Patient 16-4167 is a Cassin’s Auklet who was discovered on a cargo container ship unable to fly.

He is thin but in overall good condition and his feathers are waterproof so far. We're giving him more time in the pool to further assess his condition and give him time to preen and regain strength.  

October 3: Northern Alligator Lizard

A photo of a Northern Alligator Lizard in care at PAWS 

Patient 16-4115 is a Northern Alligator Lizard who someone abandoned in a terrarium in front of a pet store in Bellevue. We do not know his history but he is shedding and has some soft tissue wounds.   

September 26: Pileated Woodpecker

A picture of a Pileated Woodpecker patient in his enclosure at PAWS

Patient 16-4028 is an adult Pileated Woodpecker who we received on September 22 from Redmond. Hit by a car, he was found on the ground, unable to fly, and with a broken beak.

This patient is a very special bird, as the population of Pileated Woodpeckers is being monitored by state biologists. They are a candidate to be listed as threatened, endangered or sensitive in Washington State.

September 19: Belted Kingfisher

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Patient 16-3897 is an adult female Belted Kingfisher who has a spinal fracture and was transferred to us from Seattle Animal Shelter.  

We are not sure what caused the injury and she currently has a guarded prognosis, but our expert team of wildlife veterinarians and rehabilitators will do everything they possibly can to help her.  

September 12: Bald Eagle

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Patient 16-1452 is an adult Bald Eagle who was found in a river unable to get out. Upon arrival at PAWS wildlife staff found that the majority of the flight feathers on his left wing were tattered and broken, leaving him flightless.

He has been in our care for more than 100 days and will continue to be housed here until his molt is complete and his new flight feathers have grown in.

September 5: Coyote

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This is one of five coyote patients, all of whom were orphaned and brought to PAWS because they were too young to survive on their own. 

Some were infected with severe mange while others were extremely skinny. They are all being raised together as siblings and will be in our care until early fall.

August 29: Virginia Rail

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Patient 16-3725 is a Virginia Rail who was a stowaway on a cruise ship that had been docked in Seattle. She landed on the ship when they were at sea off the coast of Washington. Luckily the naturalist on board was able to care for her until they reached Juneau, AK where the Juneau Raptor Center took over.

The rail was flown back to Seattle on an Alaska Airlines cargo ship and arrived August 28. Virginia Rails are a secretive wetland birds that do not live in Alaska but are a year-round resident of Western Washington.

August 22: Northern Flying Squirrel

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Patient 16-3416 is an orphaned Northern Flying Squirrel who was found on the ground with an injury on her left leg.  

She is currently being cared for in our small mammal nursery.

August 15: American Goldfinch

A picture of an American Goldfinch in her enclosure at PAWS wildlife hospital

Patient 16-3307 is a female American Goldfinch who was stuck in a glue trap. Her feathers had to be cut to remove her from the trap, which left her unable to fly. Sadly, and despite the best efforts of our wildlife rehabilitators, she passed away.

Glue traps are not only inhumane but are extremely dangerous to birds who can easily get trapped in them, sometimes rendering them flightless and susceptible to predators.

August 8: Bobcat

A 4-month-old male bobcat kitten in care at PAWS wildlife hospital

Patient 16-2982 is a roughly four-month-old male Bobcat kitten who predated on someone’s chickens.

At this age he would still be with his mother learning to hunt natural prey items. He will remain in care at our wildlife hospital through the winter.

August 1: Red-tailed Hawk

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Patient 16-3031 is a Red-tailed Hawk recovering from surgery to remove a BB pellet that was lodged in his left carpus (wrist) inhibiting his flight.

Not only is it illegal to shoot Red-tailed Hawks, as they are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, but even something as small as a 4-millimeter BB can cause permanent damage and death in birds.

Because this hawk couldn’t fly, he was unable to catch prey which eventually would have led to starvation.

July 25: Douglas Squirrels

Five Douglas Squirrels who were in care at PAWS Wildlife Center

Five Douglas Squirrel patients were returned to the wild last week after spending a little over a month in care at our wildlife hospital.

They were all orphans who had fallen from their nests, and they were too young to survive on their own. 

Douglas Squirrels are native to Washington and are only found along the Pacific coast. 

July 18: Peregrine Falcon

A Peregrine Falcon recently in care at PAWS' wildlife hospital.

Patient 16-2462, also known as 72U to researchers, is a female Peregrine Falcon who fledged on July 4.

She was too young to fly and ended up on the ground. A team member from the Falcon Research Group brought her to PAWS to give her time for her flight feathers to grow.

She was reunited with the rest of her family on July 14. She flew beautifully up to the bridge trusses, where she joined her two sisters and their mother, who was watching close by.

July 11: Cooper's Hawk

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Patients 16-2517 is one of three juvenile Cooper’s Hawks we are currently treating. 

Young hawks and owls are fledging from their nests this time of year. Those first few flights can be awkward and can result in them spending some time on the ground. In fact it can take several weeks for them to fly very well at all.

This patient was found entangled in a net by his foot and hanging in a tree, with his parents frantically flying around nearby. He’s making good progress so far, and will be in our care until he is stronger and can fly better. We hope to be able to reunite him with his parents.

If you find a young raptor that appears to be injured or can’t fly, call us at 425.412.4040 for information and guidance on what to do.

July 4: Harbor Seal

This Harbor Seal pup was found alone on a beach, being harassed by people.

Patient 16-2216 is a male Harbor Seal pup who was found alone and being harassed by people.

Police intervened and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) granted approval for him to be taken into rehabilitation at our wildlife hospital, where he will spend the remainder of the summer.

Not only is it illegal to approach or handle marine mammals such as Harbor Seals, this activity causes mothers to abandon their pups, which can result in pups dying.

To report harassment of marine mammals by people or pets, call the NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline at 1.800.853.1964.

To report a seal or other marine mammal that appears to be abandoned or injured, call the NOAA Seal Hotline at 1.866.767.6114 or the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1.866.767.6114.