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 courtesy signage informing you that a bear has recently been seen in or near your favorite park. These signs have information about being bear aware. Most bear conflicts can be resolved by eliminating access to available food sources at your home, 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 can take in cougar country, but keep in mind that cougar attacks on humans are extremely rare.