Wildlife

Photo of black tail doe


Bellevue's park and open space system makes for some great wildlife habitat, but most species are managed by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). Check out WDFW's website to learn how to better co-exist with wildlife, inquire about hunting and fishing regulations, or to report wildlife-related crimes. Take a look at their "Living with Wildlife" series for useful information on how to co-exist with species from European starlings to black bears.

The US Fish & Wildlife Service's website has information on migratory birds (including waterfowl), federally-threatened or endangered species, and eagles.

Bellevue Park Rangers host educational programs on wildlife year-round. Find out more about our programs here

You may see temporary educational signage up at your favorite Bellevue park or trailhead, including signs about being bear aware. Most bear conflicts can be resolved by eliminating access to available food sources, including garbage cans, bird feeders, compost, barbeques, pet food, and garden refuse. Please follow these guidelines to keep our black bears as wild as possible. Occasionally cougars, the largest member of the cat family in our area, are reported in Bellevue. There are some simple steps you should take in cougar country, but keep in mind that cougar attacks on humans are extremely rare.