Wildlife in Olympic National Park

Olympic Wildlife Guide

Popular wildlife in Olympic include Roosevelt Elk, black bears, mountain lions, sea otters, gray whales, and bald eagles. See our suggestions for wildlife watching gear at the bottom of the page.

Bald Eagle. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Bald Eagles in Olympic National Park

These huge birds of prey—they can weigh more than 14 pounds, with a nearly 7-foot wingspan—are most frequently spotted roosting in trees along the Olympic coast. Read More...

Black Bear. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Black Bears in Olympic National Park

Black bears (but not grizzlies) live throughout Olympic, roaming far and wide in search of ripe berries, spawning salmon, tree bark, and insects. Read More...

Mountain Lion. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

Mountain Lions in Olympic National Park

Count yourself very lucky if you spot one of these elusive big cats—shy and wide-ranging, the park’s mountain lions are rarely seen. Read More...

Roosevelt Elk in Olympic National Park. Photo by NPS

Roosevelt Elk in Olympic National Park

The largest wild herd of Roosevelt elk in the Pacific Northwest lives in Olympic, so your chances of spotting one are good. Read More...

Salmon spawning in a Washington stream

Saving Salmon by Demolishing Dams on the Elwha River

The Elwha River restoration back to its natural state was the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. It was completed on August 26, 2014. Read More...

Sea Otter

Sea Otters on the Olympic Coast

These lovable marine mammals can be found on the Pacific coast from Alaska to northern California, including Olympic National Park. Read More...

Theodore Roosevelt dressed in expedition attire. c1909 Public domain photo.

Theodore Roosevelt Helped Protect Olympic Elk

Roosevelt established Mount Olympus National Monument to protect the elk and trees which later later became Olympic National Park. Read More...

Humpback whale breaking the water at sunset

Whale Watching at Olympic National Park

Whale watching cruises are one way to spot large marine mammals, but there are also many locations near the park where you can watch right from the shore. Read More...

Orca Killer Whale in the Northwest Pacific

Whales on the Olympic Coast in Washington

Washington State’s Pacific coast, Puget Sound, and the neighboring San Juan Islands are home to both resident whales and are a route for migrating whales. Read More...

Mountain goat on a rocky ledge. Photo by John Williams

What to Do if You See a Mountain Goat on the Trail

Mountain goats don’t have the same flight response to humans as many animals and they crave salt. Be safe with our five guidelines for goat encounters. Read More...