Latah County is rich with wildlife resources.

WILDLIFE

Keystone Species

A keystone species is a species which plays a critical and often unique role in the ecosystem that they live in. The ecosystem would collapse or change drastically if they were removed and other species of plants and animals depend on them to survive.

Keystone Species in Latah County​ include:

  • Beaver

  • Gray Wolf

Keystone Species

A keystone species is a species which plays a critical and often unique role in the ecosystem that they live in. The ecosystem would collapse or change drastically if they were removed and other species of plants and animals depend on them to survive.

Keystone Species in Latah County​ include:

  • Beaver

  • Gray Wolf

Listed Species

  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus (Candidate Species)

  • Lynx Lynx canadensis (Listed as Threatened)

  • Steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss (Listed as Threatened)

  • Bull Trout Salvelinus confluentus (Listed as Threatened)

  • Spalding’s Catchfly Silene spaldingii (Listed as Threatened)

  • Water Howellia Howellia aquatilis (Listed as Threatened)

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is federal legislation developed to protect and recover species at risk of extinction, as well as the critical habitats upon which they depend.

Fish Species of Latah County

 Palouse River 

 Potlatch River 

  • Rainbow Trout

  • Brook Trout

  • Steelhead Trout (threatened)

  • Bullhead Trout (threatened)

  • Largemouth Bass

  • Smallmouth Bass

  • Pumpkinseed

  • Northern Pikeminnow

  • Chiselmouth

  • Bridgelip Sucker

  • Yellow Perch

  • Speckled Dace

  • Longnose Dace

  • Redside Shiners

  • Sunfish

  • Sculpin

Currently Found:​

  • Largescale sucker

  • Bridgelip sucker

  • Peamouth minnow

  • Northern pikeminnow

  • Torrent sculpin

Historically Found-

All of the above plus:

  • Chiselmouth minnow

  • Redside shiner

  • 21 Four Cottidae species (sculpins) are native including -

    • Slimy​

    • Mottled

    • Paiute

Palouse Falls is a major limiting factor for native fish species in the Palouse River.  The river plunges over Palouse Falls near its confluence with the Snake River. The falls, at 182 feet tall, is a current and historic migration barrier for anadromous fish.