Interactions with Wild Animals in Your Neighborhood
Newcastle's proximity to natural areas means that encounters with wild animals such as coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, bats, deer and even black bear are common. In many instances, these animals are doing what they need to do to survive within the environment we share with them and are not a cause for alarm. At times any species of animal, including common squirrels, can cause a conflict with humans. Many times these conflicts can be prevented, but in some instances problem animals may need to be managed or removed by contacting private companies or individuals. The City of Newcastle does not provide these services, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) responds only to situations where the animal is posing an urgent human safety concern. Contact WDFW at 1-877-933-9847 to provide a non-emergency dangerous wildlife complaint. Call 911 immediately for an emergency wildlife situation.
In-depth information about wildlife and interactions with animals can be found on WDFW's Living with Wildlife web page.
Care for Your Pets with a Pet License
Wild animals are not the only type that like to roam. At times, household cats or dogs get loose. A pet license provides a way to reunite you and your pet, even after hours. The first time a pet is found, county staff will attempt to deliver your pet home to you immediately, skipping a trip to the animal shelter. Pet licensing revenue also funds programs benefiting pets and families throughout King County.
Licensing of cats and dogs is a requirement in the City of Newcastle. The easiest way to purchase a new pet license or renew an existing one is on the Regional Animal Services of King County web page. A pet license can also be purchased or renewed at Newcastle City Hall if paying with a check or money order, or at Newcastle's QFC grocery store. For more information on pet licensing, visit the pet licensing web page.