Pacific Region Highlights


Brown Pelicans
Brown Pelicans David Pereksta USFWS

Citizen Scientists, Partners to Document California Brown Pelicans


The Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology to launch the first ever citizen science survey for California brown pelicans across the Pacific coast. The California Brown Pelican subspecies was removed from the Endangered Species list in 2009. But in recent years, brown pelican productivity across the range has been poor.


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Waterfowl hunt
Waterfowl hunt Ryan Hagerty, USFWS

$1.1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies Benefit Conservation, Outdoor Recreationists, and Job Creation


The Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) has distributed $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the hunting and angling industries to State and territory fish and wildlife agencies throughout the nation.  These funds have a major impact on wildlife conservation, habitat restoration, and outdoor recreation.   
"State wildlife agencies play an essential role in the conservation of America's wildlife, while also generating billions of dollars for the nation's economy through increased hunting and fishing opportunities.  It's fitting that those very sporting activities help to sustain wildlife, their habitats and the agencies that manage them," said Service Director Dan Ashe.


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Operation Pongo sentencing

"I commend all the agencies that played a role in this successful investigation and prosecution. Orangutans are one of the rarest great ape species on Earth, and the desire to possess a skull from one as tourist art or trophy in someone's collection will not be tolerated." - Edward Grace, USFWS Photo by USFWS

Two Men Sentenced To Prison For Smuggling Endangered Wildlife Into U.S.


Two Malaysian nationals have pled guilty to conspiring to smuggle wildlife after they used mail parcels to smuggle five orangutan skulls and nine other protected species of wildlife into the District of Oregon. The Service's Office of Law Enforcement led the undercover investigation of Operation Pongo, for the orangutan genus Pongo


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How you can help fight wildlife trafficking


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