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Washington

Population: 5,894,121 (2000)

State Background
Species
Clubs & Organizations
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way N
Olympia, WA 98501

360-902-2200
http://wdfw.wa.gov

State Background

Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is named after George Washington, the first President of the United States. Washington is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west; Oregon to the south (the Columbia River forming most of this border); Idaho to the east and British Columbia, Canada to the north. It is famous for scenery of breathtaking beauty and sharp contrasts. High mountains rise above sparkling coastal waters and above both barren semi-desert and lush evergreen forests. Its coastal location and Puget Sound harbors give it a leading role in trade with Alaska, Canada, and the Pacific Rim. Puget Sound's many islands are served by the largest ferry fleet in the United States.

Washington is a land of contrasts. The deep forests of the Olympic Peninsula are among the rainiest places in the world and the only rainforests (such as the Hoh Rain Forest) in the continental United States, but the flat semi-desert that lies east of the Cascade Range stretches for long distances without a single tree. Snow-covered peaks tower above the foothills and lowlands around them. Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in the state, appears to "float" on the horizon southeast of Seattle and Tacoma on clear days. The eastern side of the state can be divided into two regions: the Okanogan Highlands and the Columbia River Basin.

State Species

Big Game Black Bear
Cougar
Deer
Elk
 
Waterfowl Band-tailed Pigeon
Brant
Coots
Ducks
Geese
Mourning Dove
Snipe
Furbearer Species Badger
Beaver
Bobcat
Marten
Mink
Muskrat
Raccoon
Red Fox
River Otter
Weasel
Small Game Species Bullfrogs
California Quail
Chukar
Cottontail
Crow
Forest Grouse
Grey Partridge
Mountain Quail
Northern Bobwhite
Pheasant
Ptarmigan
Sage Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Snowshoe Hare
Turkey
Sport Fish Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Shark
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Bullhead
Brown Trout
Bull Trout
Burbot
Cabezon
Carp
Channel Catfish
Char
Chinook Salmon
Chum Salmon
Coho Salmon
Cutthroat Trout
Dolly Vardon
Flatfish
Grass Pickerel
Green Sunfish
Greenlings
Halibut
Kokanee Salmon
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Lingcod
Northern Pike
Northern Pikeminnow
Pacific Cod
Pacific Hake
Pacific Tomcod
Pink Salmon
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Ratfish
Rock Bass
Rockfish
Sablefish
Sixgill Shark
Skate
Smallmouth Bass
Sockeye Salmon
Soupfin
Spiny Dogfish
Suckers
Thresher Shark
Tiger Musky
Walleye
Walleye Pollock
Warmouth
White Crappie
Whitefish
Wolf-eel
Wrymouth
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch

Clubs & Organizations


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