If you are having a problem with a wild animal, please select your Washington city/town from the map or list above. This Washington animal control directory lists the phone numbers of professional wildlife removal experts throughout WA. These nuisance wildlife control operators deal with conflicts between people and wildlife such as squirrels living in an attic, or raccoons digging through the trash can. Call the licensed and insured professional listed here, and get the problem taken care of once and for all.
There are many Washington pest control companies, but most of them treat for insect problems, and have little experience dealing with
wild animals. Our specially trained technicians have the specific knowledge and equipment necessary for Washington wildlife management. We are not extermination
companies, we are professional Washington trappers of wildlife. We are humane, and do a complete job - everything from animal damage repairs to biohazard waste
Our WA animal control experts can handle many wildlife issues. Examples include Washington bat control and removal. It takes an experienced pro to safely and legally remove a colony of bats. The same goes for bird control, such as roosting pigeons. We know all the species of Washington snakes, and can safely remove them. We most commonly deal with animals in the home, such as rats or mice in the attic, or raccoons in the chimney. Select your area on the map above, and find a professional in your home town.
Washington info: The state mammals are the Olympic Marmot and the Orca Whale. Marmots live in the eastern part of the state, and Orcas live west of the western part.
If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local
Washington county animal services or SPCA for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, dangerous animal complaints,
pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, and other issues. We have those numbers listed here for your convenience. If your city is not
on our map, consult your local blue pages or search for "Animal Control" or "SPCA" in your town.
The Wildlife of Washington
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 another coastal state, and has a large inlet area consisting of hundreds of islands and deep bays. It has thick forests and is mostly mountainous except for a semi-arid portion in the east used for farming. The Cascade Mountains in Washington run from north to south, and the climate on the east side is significantly different than the climate on the west side. West of the mountains, the summers tend to be warm and the winters mild, and all the seasons see their fair share of precipitation. The western side of the state is much drier. Some regions are considered desert zones. Like most states, Washington offers a variety of habitats for a variety of animals.
At this level on the country map, the animals tend to be larger and a bit more geared toward surviving in extreme conditions. Washington has some large creatures, both predators and prey. Moose and elk are the largest grazers in this region, living on the tough mountain slopes in the summer months and eventually moving into the valleys during the winter. With large grazing animals come large predators, and this state has cougars, black bear, coyotes, wolves, and grizzly bear. The grizzly bear, the largest of all predators in the state, is very rare and only seen on occasion in the Cascades.
The mountainous terrain and winding mountain streams are ideal for animals like beavers, otters, nutria, and muskrats. These semi-aquatic animals live at the lower elevations, damming up narrow streams and creating new ecosystems in emerging pools.
Like most places in North America, Washington has an abundant population of raccoons and squirrels, two of the most common nuisance animals. Along with these pesky critters are skunks, rats, pocket gophers, opossums, and bats.
The islands and inlets of the Salish Sea, the network of waterways carved into Washington, are an ideal location for many of the water-loving animals in the state. There are over 130 species that depend on the sea for daily survival. Blue heron, eagles, red foxes, sea otters, seals, beacked whales, and sea lions are among the animals you can view while visiting this part of the state. While most marine animals aren't troublesome, homeowners living along the shores can often find wild visitors from time to time. Creatures like seals and sea lions won't invade a home, but they will bask on decks or docks near the water.
Example Washington Wildlife Problem Emails:
Dear Sirs/Misses, You control animals and pests, yes? So that must mean you know Washington's exotic animal laws. I read that it is illegal to own a dangerous exotic animal, such as Burmese pythons, wolves, etc. But would it be illegal to own a Fennec Fox? I've thought about buying one in a few years, but I read that in some states it is illegal. Can you help me out? Please and thank you (: Sincerely, Riley
Hi, I'm a resident of Southern Seattle and recently bought a property in Ferndale, WA. I plan to move there middle of 2020. Meanwhile, my brother who lives in Canada, has visited the property several times and reports to me that there are moles in the property. Do you service Ferndale? How long will it take to remove the moles and how much? Thanks, Danny
Washington Wildlife News Clip: Washington included in 2020 save-a-coon recommendation
Seattle - About one-third of Washington State needs the regulation requiring rodent or reptile pest control companies to trap an large fanged rat & mouse before they could lethally trap a male coon next fall, according to Washington wildlife experts. The Natural Resources Board has been asked to designate 21 raccoon and opossum management units located mostly in the Redmond and in west-central Washington as critter program zones for the fall animal capture, said Keith The critter and rodent pro, a big game specialist for the Washington Agency of Natural Resources.
"It is a powerful group of animals-control tool," he said today in a telephone interview from Seattle. Those two areas of the Washington have squirrel and skunk with "unbelievable potential" to reproduce themselves far beyond amounts that pest control companies could control, he said. "Then you are at grave risk of disease. Or you could be at grave risk that somebody else is going to control this rodent or reptile group of animals somehow, and wildlife trapping is going to become irrelevant," he said.
For example, expert trapping guys and trapping could become widespread in controlling the group of animals if rat & mouse cause too many problems like crop damage or traffic accidents, he said. "It is going to be controlled somehow," The critter and rodent pro said. "Wildlife trapping is basically free management for communities and the state." The board is expected to act on the critter program recommendation during a organized hearing Wednesday in Bellevue. Washington's nine-day animal removal trap raccoon and opossum wildlife trapping season starts Nov. 18. cage trap wildlife trapping opens Sept. 16. The local Seattle SPCA could not be reached for comment.
Wildlife experts also recommend the board set special large fanged-only four-day catches in October and October - called the Special trapping area seasons - in another 55 squirrel and skunk management units as a way to check the growth of the rodent or reptile group of animals. Those units are located throughout the state. Washington has had critter program regulations in place for only two other wildlife trapping seasons - 1996 and 2004 - as a way to lethally trap more female rat & mouse to try to keep the raccoon and opossum amounts in check, The critter and rodent pro said.
Some pest control companies, distrustful of the Vancouver, WA agency's squirrel and skunk amounts estimates, argue the rule forces too many pest control companies to pass up big male coons. The critter and rodent pro said the trappin' agency has taken some steps to ease those worries. Last fall, the trappin' agency designated some areas as "watch units" for critter program, allowing pest control companies to trap an large fanged rodent or reptile to qualify for a male coon tag for this fall should the Washington designate the area as earn-a male coon, The critter and rodent pro said. Despite this, wildlife removal services are not a free service in any WA County.
According to the Spokane animal agency records, about 85,000 people who captured in the 21 units last fall already have qualified for the male coon tag for the 2020 season, The critter and rodent pro said. "We hope that really makes it easier for people and really takes away from the uproar that critter program seemed to have in 2004," The critter and rodent pro said. "This is an idea that came from pest control companies - let's get the group of animals down to goal and do it in the way that's easiest from the pest control companies' perspective."
Ed The Olympia pest control specialist Jr., vice boss of the Washington State Conservation Congress, a group of mostly pest control companies and anglers who advise the trappin' agency on outdoor recreation concerns, said pest control companies dislike critter program but the qualifying done last fall will "take a little bit of the edge off." He added: "We probably are always going to have critter program but not on this scale hopefully. We are going to continue to look for ways to minimize the need for it."