This page provides Q&A for frequent questions asked by Crystal Ridge
Please read the FAQ below to
find an answer or solution to your problem. If you have a
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Q: There have been wild animal sightings in
Crystal Ridge such as coyoyes, bears, deer, rats, mice, racoons and
more. What should I do to help prevent wild animals from
coming into the neighborhood and who do I contact if I see any wild
For complete information on "Living with Wild Animals", go to
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife web site,
There have been several bear, coyote and racoon sightings in Crystal
Ridge and on owner's property. Reports of loud wailing cries
could be heard and dogs bark and growl. Some homeowners turned
their outside lights on and yelled. However, they kept returning an
hour or so later.
Though not 100%
effective, you can help prevent wild animals from entering the
neighborhood and your property by
feeding your pets indoors, don't put food dishes outside, keep dogs and cats indoors
and use secure garbage can lids on your trash cans when put on the
street for pickup, especially from
dusk to dawn. Keep your
garbage cans in tight-fitting bins, a shed, or a garage. Prevent
access to fruit and compost. Donít leave small children unattended
where wild animals have been seen.
Don't feed wild animals.
Rats - see
Controlling Rats &
Living with Rats
How do I report a threatening or
If your report deals with an
emergency dangerous-wildlife incident or dangerous wildlife
interaction with people, dial 911 or local Washington State
Be prepared to answer the following
type of animal is involved in the incident you are
time of the incident.
last known location of the animal.
- You can
contact the WDFW Enforcement Dispatch Center (WILDCOMM) at
- You can
also contact your local
WDFW Regional Office
during normal work hours (numbers can be found on the WDFW
website and in regulation pamphlets).
non-emergency dangerous wildlife observations, call WDFW
toll-free at 1-877-933-9847 (1-877-WDFW-TIP).
sightings may be