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WEST SOUND WILDLIFE SHELTER
Serving the greater western Puget Sound Region

Hours: 9 am - 5 pm, 7 days a week excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Early closures will be announced on Facebook.

  • Accepts all injured, sick and orphaned wildlife species except seals, bear and cougar
  • Provides non lethal advice for nuisance/problem wild animals
  • Can help with questions on wildlife natural history information and identification

Are you having a problem with a nuisance animal? Read our tips and suggestions.


WASHINGTON REHABILITATION CENTERS
Follow this link to find a wildlife rehabilitator in your county: Washington State Wildlife Rehabilitators



Places to Call if You Encounter Dead Wildlife


Deer on State, County, and City Roads
Bainbridge Island (Police): 206-842-5211 or 911
Kitsap County roads: Kitsap County Sheriff or 911
Poulsbo: 360-779-9111
Mason County: 360-478-4646
Pierce County: 253-536-6210

Carcass removal
Large road kill (state roads) WA State Patrol: 800-283-7808
Mammals, etc. Morris Co. (fee for service): 206-784-4055

Report Dead Migratory Birds
WA Fish & Wildlife 1-800-606-8768

Pinniped Sightings and Reports

**Do not feed or disturb a marine mammal!

eastern gray squirrelWashington Marine Mammal Network
Marine Mammal Stranding Network
NOAA Fisheries (hotline checked 7 days/week) 206-526-6733

For stranding, out of habitat, tagged seals & sea lions, and unusual mortalities:
WA Dept of Fish & Wildlife:
Kitsap, Pierce, S. King, E. Mason, Outer coast – Grays Harbor, N. Pacific Counties
253-589-7235 (if no answer press 2 to page staff 7 days/week)

Sea Otter Cases
US Fish & Wildlife Service
360-943-7325 (toll free pager)

Poaching, etc.
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife 800-477-6224

National Wildlife Rehabilitation Information

World Animal Net
www.worldanimal.net

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Wildlife rehabilitation
WDFW also manages violations (reports), hunting and fishing permits, and trapping information.

International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
Suisun, California
707-864-1761
(Provides courses in wildlife rehabilitation; clearinghouse for employment, internship, minimum standards, and other information)

gullNational Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA)
2625 Clearwater Rd, Suite 110
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301
320-230-9920
www.nwrawildlife.org
(Provides courses in wildlife rehabilitation; clearinghouse for employment, internships, minimum standards, and other information)

Washington Wildlife Rehabilitation Association
13619 Mukilteo Speedway D5
PMB 262
Lynnwood, WA 98087

A listing of rehabilitation centers


Domestic Animals

PAWS of Bainbridge and North Kitsap
(206) 842-2451 - Bainbridge Island
(888) 558-7297 - Toll Free
www.pawsbainbridge.org
paws@pawsbainbridge.org

Kitsap Humane Society
9167 Dickey RD NW
Silverdale, WA 98383
(360) 692-6977
www.kitsaphumane.org


NON-LETHAL SOLUTIONS TO NUISANCE WILDLIFE:

Mammals under porches, in sheds, attic and crawl spaces:
Animals like these areas because they are dark and quiet.  By making it uncomfortable with noise and light, you can usually evict the animal within 24 hours.  The following techniques are good for otter, raccoon, opossum, skunk, weasel, fox and coyote:

  • Install a temporary light and leave it on all day and night
  • Place a battery-operated radio in the area and let in play all day and night
  • A rag soaked with household ammonia will also make the space uncomfortable

Birds hitting windows
Birds hit windows, especially in the spring during nesting season.  They see shadows in the window and think it is another bird that they must chase from their nesting area.

  • Place streamers outside in front of the window so that the movement will scare the bird
  • Place silhouettes on the windows (available at our shelter and many feed & bird stores)
  • Cover the window from the outside.  If covered from the inside, the bird can still see their shadow
  • If the birds are hitting a particular window that has a bird feeder close by, the bird may be protecting the food source.  Move the feeder or add another feeder in a different part of the yard.

Wild animals coming too close to the house
Food and shelter is what draws animals close to humans.

  • Remove all food sources such as open trash cans, compost piles that contain meat, the scent of food on BBQ grills, cat & dog foods, fallen seed from bird feeders and any other food.  Animals' noses are very sensitive and any food will attract wild animals. 
  • Be aware that if you feed a wild animal, that animal may also go to your neighbor's house looking for food. 
  • Scare the animal.  Don't let wild animals get relaxed around your house.  Tough love can save the animal's life

For other wildlife problems or questions call West Sound Wildlife Shelter 206-855-9057.
The wildlife care staff will be happy to speak to you about nuisance or problem wildlife and concerns. 


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