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Gray wolves in Washington State


John and Karen Hollingsworth/USFWS)   Gray wolf pup emerging from den (Photo Credit: Hilary Cooley)
Photo credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth/USFWS   Photo Credit: Hilary Cooley

Wolves are in the process of naturally re-establishing themselves in Washington, which makes for healthier and more balanced natural areas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to work with our partners, including State and Federal agencies, Tribes, industry and private landowners to minimize conflict and benefit wolf conservation across the State.

In Washington, the gray wolf (Canis lupus) is federally listed as endangered in most of the State; however gray wolves in eastern Washington (see map) have been federally delisted. Gray wolves are State listed as endangered throughout Washington.

Federally listed wolves are currently found in the North Cascades, There are no known wolf packs that currently reside in the South Cascades or in Western Washington.


Last updated: August 20, 2015
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