News and Alerts


WDFW Wildlife Rehabilitation Rules Revision—December 5, 2018

Wildlife in Captivity and Wildlife Rehabilitation 
The department is considering rule changes for wildlife rehabilitation.

CR-102 – filed as WSR 18-24-091 on December 3, 2018
Invitation to discuss rules on this subject

Winter 2018/2019 Bat Submission Guidelines & Updates from the 2017/2018 White-Nose Syndrome Surveillance Season—November 29, 2018 

From Dr. Jonathan Sleeman, Center Director, USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Updated guidance from the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) is now available for bat submissions for the 2018/2019 white-nose syndrome (WNS) surveillance season. These guidelines are posted on the updated NWHC WNS web page and replace all previous NWHC bat submission criteria. Included are reference charts and an updated WNS Management Area map to assist submitters in identifying priority species and collecting appropriate samples for submission to a diagnostic laboratory. These guidelines support surveillance objectives of the WNS National Plan designed to identify new geographic locations and bat species impacted by Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) and WNS. 

National Wildlife Health Center Wildlife Health Bulletin 2018-06 

WDFW FY 2019-2021 Applications are now open—November 27, 2018

From Patricia Thompson, WDFW Rehabilitation Program Manager

FY 2019-2021 Application Guidelines and Grant Application, and a current per diem map to calculate travel expenses are available on the WDFW website at

The deadline for grant application submittal is February 1, 2019.

The total amount of grant funding is estimated at $150,000.00 for the biennium but depends on the availability of Personalized License Plate funds and upon the Legislature and Governor’s Office budget actions for the 2019-2021 biennial budget.  

Project SNOWstorm—October 27, 2018

From Erica Miller, DVM

For the past 5 winters, a group of scientists has been collecting information on Snowy Owls as they migrate into the lower 48 states. Project SNOWstorm ( welcomes contributions from rehabilitators who may be receiving snowy owls this winter. We are specifically seeking blood samples and measurements from live birds, and intact cadavers from birds that are found dead, die in care, or are euthanized. Please see the attached documents (Project SNOWstorm Sampling Protocol & Labeling and Packing Carcasses) for further information on the samples needed and instructions for submitting them to Project SNOWstorm. 

Dead and Dying Crows—August 23, 2018

From Patricia Thompson, WDFW Rehabilitation Program Manager

The WDFW has received an increased number of reports of deceased crows this summer from the west side of the state.  Three of these crows were sent to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC), and two to the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL), where necropsy findings were consistent with crow reovirus. These findings were confirmed via PCR this week (see attached report). This is apparently a highly infectious disease. Note that all of the crows tested to date have been negative for West Nile Virus.

WDFW Recommendation

Euthanize all sick crows that enter your facility

NWHC Request for Carcasses 

The NWHC would like more fresh carcasses from over a larger area of western Washington to test for this virus. If possible, please collect and freeze freshly deceased/euthanized crows for future pick up by WDFW staff. Please inform Dr. Kristin Mansfield ( of any fresh carcasses that you are able to freeze. Note that we have already confirmed this disease in Auburn and in Bothell, so don’t need any additional carcasses from these areas. Carcasses from outside of King and Snohomish counties are being sought at this time. This would be valuable to the WDFW and to NWHC to help us better understand the geographical extent of this disease.