Managing wildlife related issues falls into the jurisdiction of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. This includes animals such as deer, raccoons, coyotes, cougars, and bears. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife may be contacted at (425) 775-1311.
The City of Kirkland hosted a workshop with State Fish & Wildlife and USDA Wildlife Services on living with wildlife in urban settings. You can watch the 1 hour and 30 minute workshop.
Allowing wildlife easy access to food leads to problems for both the wildlife and residents. Following some simple guidelines to cut off food sources will help reduce or avoid confrontations:
- Don't feed wildlife either intentionally or unintentionally
- Keep pet food indoors and away from pet doors
- Keep garbage cans secure and barbecue areas clean
- Keep dogs on a leash
- Keep pets indoors, especially at night
- Don’t feed feral cats (on which coyotes prey)
- In order to limit the local concentration of rodents (on which coyotes also prey), protect compost piles and don’t feed the birds
- Report aggressive, fearless wildlife immediately
If you encounter aggressive wildlife within Kirkland, please fill out our Wildlife Incident Report form.
In Kirkland, animal services (control, shelter and pet licensing) are currently provided by Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) through an Inter-local Agreement between the City of Kirkland and King County. The Kirkland Police Department oversees the contract. Pet license fees fund these three services.
RASKC provides a 24-hour public safety response to dangerous domestic animals such as cats and dogs, loose livestock on public roadways, as well as animal injury, and abuse. They respond to non-emergency calls at 206-296-PETS (7387) seven days a week between the hours of 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. If you are experiencing a life-threatening animal-related emergency, call 9-1-1.
Shelter services include the general care, cleaning and nourishment of lost or stray dogs, cats and some other animals. Animal shelters help advocate for animal welfare and educate people to ensure that animals are cared for and safe. Read more about lost pets or pet adoption on the RASKC website.
Pet licenses protect your pet by providing a way for the finder to contact you if your pet strays, and pet license fees support the animal services that RASKC provides. All dogs and cats must be licensed within the City of Kirkland. Read more about how to get a pet license in Kirkland.
What to Do About Deceased Animals
First determine if the deceased animal is domestic (dog and cats) or wild (raccoon, possum, etc.).
For domestic animals contact Regional Animal Services of King County, 206-296-7387
For wild animals City of Kirkland Public Works Maintenance Center, 425-587-3900