FACT: It is illegal to possess any wild animal who naturally lives in the state, unless you are transporting the animal to a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center for care.

The City of Bothell is home to all types of wildlife including but not limited to: coyotes, bobcat, deer, raccoon, opossum, squirrels, rabbits, crows, ducks and more. If you feel you are in danger by any wildlife please call 911. For general concerns with wildlife please contact the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.  If you have a health or safety concern with coyotes contact the USDA at 425-954-6766.  Please keep pet food, pets and garbage inside to prevent wildlife from becoming a problem.

If you have found deceased wildlife on your property, you may double bag it and place it in your trash.

Steps to Keep Wildlife from Invading Your Space

You can discourage wildlife from living in your yard by eliminating access to food, water and shelter. Securely close and lock garbage cans and compost bins. Feed pets indoors. Close access to sheds, crawl spaces, soffits and attics. Keep standing and running water sources to a minimum.

If wild animals in your yard become destructive, call these helpful resources:
  • PAWS Wildlife Center: 425-412-4040
  • Sarvey Wildlife Center: 360-435-4817
  • Washington State Wildlife Department: 425-775-1311
  • Washington State University Extension Office: 425-338-2400