Wildlife

Respecting the needs of all living beings

Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer, cougars and black bears are native to the Quinault region and remain culturally important to the native people of the Olympic Peninsula. Seals, sea lions and otters are found on the coast. Records, photographs and oral histories indicate that these species have been respected and harvested sustainably for centuries for food, clothing, tools, medicines and spiritual uses.

While many coastal tribes on the Olympic Peninsula concentrated on marine and river resources, the Quinault in particular were known to be skilled hunters of larger mammals inland and upland. Today these animals continue to provide a lean source of protein for tribal members as well as opportunities for intergenerational teaching about cultural history, traditional worldviews, hunting and food preparation.

More than 200 species of birds live on Reservation lands either year-round or seasonally. Half are water birds found near the ocean or along streams. Eagles receive special protection as do endangered marbled murrelets and  northern spotted owls. Ravens hold a special place in the cultures of all Northwestern tribes.

The Quinault Division of Natural Resources (QDNR) is committed to meeting the ongoing challenges of establishing a sustainable ecosystem and wildlife populations on the Reservation particularly in a time of climate change, preserving cultural resources, protecting treaty resources, meeting the human needs of the tribe, and promoting tribal capacity-building through education in natural resource management.