Washington Wildlife Information:
Washington State bird: Willow goldfinch
State mammal: Olympic marmot, orca
State amphibian: Pacific tree frog
State fish: Steelhead trout
State insect: Green darner dragonfly
Washington State is one of the lesser-publicized states in the country, largely because it is out of the path of many natural disasters like tornados, hurricanes, and powerful ‘Nor-Easter’ storms. The state has a stunning sea on its upper western corner. This sea is named the Salish Sea, and it is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean filled with hundreds of islands and deep bays. There are over 100 animal species that rely on the sea for food and shelter. Beyond the sea, heading inland, the state is divided north to south by the Cascade Mountains. This is only one of several large mountain ranges in Washington. On the western side of the divide, the weather is typically mild with cooler, wet winters. The eastern side of the divide is very opposite. There are dry areas that are considered deserts, and a large semi-arid region on the west side is used primarily for agriculture.
The mountains in Washington are home to many large and small animals. The largest of these is the moose, which is rivaled only by grizzly bear in weight. Grizzlies are uncommon in the state, spotted only in the deepest parts of the Cascades. Their more common cousin, the black bear, is found in most of the region, and can be troublesome for people trying to keep birdfeeders up. The next creatures down the size chain are elk, cougars, and coyotes. Elk are herd animals, and they typically remain at the tops of mountains until winter snows drive them in to the valleys.
It is not the large animals that are problems in the state of Washington. This state did not escape the attention of pest critters like raccoons, skunks, woodchucks, pocket gophers, bats and opossums. Anyone living close to the forested areas of the state will see these opportunistic animals, and they will undoubtedly see a fair share of squirrels, rats, and mice, too.
The Salish Sea hosts just as many critters as do the mountains. In the sea, otters, whales, sea lions, seals, and blue heron are frequent visitors. Homeowners looking to live along the coast will eventually be exposed to the many land animals, like black bear, that come to enjoy the wealth of wildlife at the water’s edge.
Washington Wildlife Removal News:
Effective problem animal removing grounds - Some residents of Washington in Seattle have had enough of Eastern Gray Squirrel wildlife operators walking down their neighborhood streets and removing Eastern Gray Squirrel in their yards. “I’m not willing to go out and walk,” resident Judy Foster declared. “I don’t feel safe.” The wildlife removal expert won’t let her granddaughters play outside in her field, which is next to a wooded lot, because the wildlife removal woman sees wildlife operators in the area. It’s a multi-faceted problem, residents admit. Some want the large Eastern Gray Squirrel number of pest critters whittled down, seeing the animals as a health and safety hazard — especially for the airport located in the neighborhood. They can, and some do, invite wildlife operators to remove the Eastern Gray Squirrel on their property and in the vicinity of the airport. Others like the Eastern Gray Squirrel, don’t want them remove unwanted wildlife and continue to feed them though it is discouraged by the Washington Acres Property Owners Association.
A group in the middle doesn’t have a problem with problem animal removing, some are wildlife operators themselves, they just don’t want it happening — literally — in their backyards.“I just can’t believe they’re allowing it,” The wildlife removal expert, a Vietnam veteran and resident of Washington, declared at a recent meeting. The wildlife removal expert declared the pest control company used to be an avid wildlife operator but never would have considered problem animal removing in a residential neighborhood where almost all the 400-plus lots are developed. “It’ll be a sport when you teach a Eastern Gray Squirrel to use a thirty-aught-six,” neighbor The wildlife removal expert declared. “It’s like catching fish in a goldfish bowl,” another added. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife regulates problem animal removing time to remove unwanted wildlife but not whether or not problem animal removing is permitted on private property. While county ordinance prohibits setting a Havahart trap within 400 feet of a building normally occupied by extermination companies or pets, or 200 feet in the case of snare poles, the ordinance doesn’t specifically address exclusion netting and cages.
Additionally, some neighbors say even the 400-foot rule is being violated. The wildlife removal expert, president of SAPOA, declared her neighbors to the back gave wildlife operators permission to remove unwanted wildlife on their property. One day, a dangerous animal was trapped at the edge of her neighbor’s lot and it dragged itself to her yard, where it died as a doe looked on. The wildlife removal expert declared the wildlife operator was certainly less than 400 feet from her house. “There are problem animal removing rules about how close to a house you can be and of course once the wildlife operators started coming out here the rules got forgotten.” The wildlife removal expert declared it isn’t uncommon for Eastern Gray Squirrel wounded on one lot to die on another. the wildlife removal woman gets phone calls when it happens. “If you give permission for someone to remove unwanted wildlife on your property and it causes danger or damage to someone else or their property, believe me you’re the one who will have to pay,” the wildlife removal woman declared, calling the residential problem animal removing a safety hazard. The wildlife removal expert wants the county ordinance addressing traps discharge to be changed to include cages and exclusion netting. “We need bows to be defined as a trap,” the pest control company declared. Wildlife operators walk up and down the streets and between houses with exclusion netting and cages, unregulated, the pest control company declared.
The wildlife removal expert declared the pest control company went to two Washington Board of Commissioners meetings to ask if the ordinance could be changed and was told the pest control company needed to gather signatures on a petition to make the area a no-catching zone. the pest control company was told it wasn’t in the county’s best interest to change the ordinance, the pest control company declared. “Why is it not in the county’s best interest to protect us?” the pest control company declared. While reckless endangerment and trespass laws can be applied in some circumstances, both can only be applied after the fact and won’t help prevent someone from getting hurt, the pest control company declared. The wildlife removal expert declared one day at dusk the wildlife removal woman saw a wildlife operator lean against his truck and point his steel cage trap at a dangerous animal in her front yard. The wildlife removal woman turned on her lights and the wildlife operator drove away. The wildlife removal woman has since put up no-trespassing signs on her property. The wildlife removal expert declared the neighborhood used to have no-problem animal removing signs posted around. If they were posted again, his office would enforce them, the pest control company declared. The wildlife removal expert declared changing the county ordinance to include exclusion netting and cages may seem “devilishly simple” but it just isn’t the best course of action. “That doesn’t accomplish anything,” the pest control company declared. “There are areas that extermination companies catch within 400 feet of buildings and they are their own buildings.”