Appendix B: Dogs and Wildlife

 

Contents

  1. Washington State Fish and Wildlife Department ………………………………. 1
  2. National Wildlife Refuges …………………………………………………………………….. 1
  3. National Parks ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
  4. Studies of Dogs and Wildlife …………………………………………………….. 7

 

  1. WASHINGTON STATE FISH AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT

Public Conduct Rules for WDFW Lands

Pets — hunters can use hunting dogs under their control, but cannot let them or other pets roam unattended; from April through July, all dogs and other pets must be leashed on WDFW lands to protect nesting wildlife.

WDFW Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area   (21,000 acres) Reardan Audubon Lake Unit — Keep dogs and other pets on leash or leave in vehicle or at home.

WDFW Scatter Creek Wildlife Area   The 492-acre Scatter Creek unit is located 20 miles south of Olympia. Dogs must be on leash from April 1 to July 31.

 

  1. NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

3) Are dogs allowed on the Refuge? We do not allow dogs anywhere on the Refuge (this includes the whole Refuge – entrance road, parking lot, trails, etc.). National wildlife refuges are the only set of federal lands set aside expressly for fish and wildlife above all other purposes. The prohibition of pets including dogs is to reduce disturbance to wildlife and habitat. There are studies that have been done that show that wildlife in the vicinity of trails, even where dogs are leashed, are negatively affected, causing lower wildlife abundance along the trail. It may be because wildlife instinctively look at dogs as predators, whether they are leashed or not. Continue reading