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Meet The 10 Most Popular Animals Of Washington

Eagle
Close-up of a bald eagle. Image by Ralfgeorg Feltes via Pexels.

Ever wondered what the most popular animals are in all of Washington? Now is your time to have the answer revealed. I have been pretty curious myself. So let’s jump right in together!

#1 Bald Eagle

Bald eagle
Bald eagles build some of the largest nests of any bird species, often reaching up to 10 feet in diameter and weighing hundreds of pounds. Image by Andreas Barth via Pexels

Firstly, the bald eagle is the national bird of the United States and is a symbol of freedom and strength. Washington is home to a significant population of bald eagles, particularly around the Puget Sound area.

#2 Orca (Killer Whale)

Orca jumping on the waves in a sunset. Image Generated by Alana Theron with DALL-E/Midjourney.

Secondly, the orca, or killer whale, is an iconic marine mammal found in the waters of the Pacific Northwest, including Washington’s Puget Sound and the surrounding Salish Sea.

#3 Salmon

Salmon
Salmon. Image created by Animals Around the Globe using DALL-E

Thirdly, several species of salmon, including Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye, are integral to the ecology and economy of Washington State. They are vital for both the state’s fishing industry and its ecosystems.

#4 Black Bear

Black Bear
Black Bear. Image generated by Linnea via DALLE-E .

Black bears are common in the forests of Washington State, particularly in the Cascade Range and Olympic Peninsula. Furthermore, they are often encountered by hikers and campers in these areas.

#5 Raccoon

Raccoon sniffing around. Image by Henry Dinardo on Unsplash.

Raccoons are adaptable and can be found in urban, suburban, and rural areas throughout Washington. Additionally, they are known for their distinctive facial markings and their scavenging behavior.

#6 Douglas Squirrel

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Douglas Squirrel. Image by Jennifer Uppendahl via Unsplash

Also known as the chickaree, the Douglas squirrel is a native species found in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, including Washington. Evidently, it is known for its bold and vocal nature.

#7 Elk

Rocky Mountain Elk
Elk (Cervus canadensis) are highly adaptable animals. Image by Byron Johnson via Unsplash

Elk are majestic animals that inhabit the forests and meadows of Washington State, particularly in the Cascade Range and Olympic Peninsula. Additionally, they are the largest species of deer in North America.

#8 Mountain Goat

The Himalayan Tahr, Hemitragus jemlahicus, is a mountain goat. Image via Depositphotos

Mountain goats are well adapted to the rugged terrain of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains in Washington. They are often seen scaling steep cliffs and rocky slopes.

#9 Harbor Seal

The Harbour Seal
This harbor seal Phoca vitulina lives in a community of about 20 animals in Magdalen fjord in the north of Svalbard. By AWeith – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51548911

Harbor seals are commonly found along the coastlines of Washington, including in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. They are known for their curious and playful behavior.

#10 Roosevelt Elk

Roosevelt Elk
Young Roosevelt Elk. Image by Y S via Unsplash

Lastly, on our list of most popular animals of Washinton is the Roosevelt Elk. Furthermore, its scientific name is Cervus canadensis roosevelti and it is the largest of the four subspecies of elk in North America and is native to the Pacific Northwest, including Washington State.

Bald eagle
Bald eagle soaring through the air. Image via Pexels.

In conclusion, these are the most googled animals in Oregon. Furthermore, I have never heard of a Douglas Squirrel before, it would be an incredible sighting! I think I may need to visit Oregon soon to see one for myself! If you think there should’ve been another more googled animal in the top 10, please feel free to let us know in the comments. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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