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The Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service consists of 8 states in the heart of the American West.

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2016 Regional Priorities for the Mountain-Prairie Region show where we will focus time and resources.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Determines Critical Habitat is Not Prudent for Threatened Northern Long-eared Bat

Given the nature of the primary threats facing the species and the potential harm of publishing its hibernation locations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that designating critical habitat for the northern long-eared bat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is not prudent.

Public Comment Sought on Draft Environmental Impact Statement Evaluating Impacts from Proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Phase I Wind Energy Project

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Power Company of Wyoming’s (PCW) Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Phase I Wind Energy Project (CCSM). The DEIS evaluates the impact of issuing an eagle take permit for the 500-turbine project to be built south of Rawlins, Wyoming.

The 12,000-acre Ladder Ranch is spread over several parcels but headquartered here under Battle Mountain. Photo by Phil Taylor.

The 12,000-acre Ladder Ranch is spread over several parcels but headquartered here under Battle Mountain. Photo by Phil Taylor.

The O'Tooles -- polar opposites of the Bundys

SAVERY, Wyo. -- Pat O'Toole trudged through ankle-deep snow to the confluence of Battle Creek and the Little Snake River, a place where beaver trappers fought the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho in 1841.

(Photo: Scott Flaherty/USFWS)

Photo: Scott Flaherty/USFWS

Condor pair likely incubating an egg in Zion National Park

 A pair of California condors appear to be nesting again in Zion National Park. Park staff first observed the pair entering a cavity in Zion Canyon on Feb. 26. Since then, the pair has been regularly observed in the cavity and the surrounding area. Biologists from The Peregrine Fund, the private non-profit that releases and monitors condors, has confirmed that GPS locations and daily behavior of both parents indicate regular incubation.

Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS

Credit: Greg Kramos / USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Helps Recover Threatened, Endangered Species at National Wildlife Refuges in Kansas, Utah, Montana

DENVER – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through its Cooperative Recovery Initiative (CRI), is committing $6.86 million to 16 projects across 27 states for recovery of some of the nation’s most at-risk species on or near national wildlife refuges.

Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input on Draft Recovery Plan for the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – One of the most elusive rodents along Colorado’s Front Range is getting a boost on the road to recovery. 
The Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse (Preble’s mouse), which lives along vegetated streams from El Paso County, Colorado to southern Wyoming, was designated a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1998. With its large hind legs and long tail, this mouse can jump many times its own body length when alarmed, but spends most of its time scurrying about through grass and other vegetation within or near the 100 year flood plain.

Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Host Public Meetings on Proposed Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Population Delisting

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will host two informational open house meetings and public hearings on the Yellowstone grizzly bear population proposed delisting rule on   April 11-12, 2016, in Cody, Wyo. and Bozeman, Mont.

Piping Plover on Alkali. Photo Credit: Steven Tucker/USFWS

Piping Plover on Alkali. Photo Credit: Steven Tucker/USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Comment on Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Northern Great Plains Piping Plover Population

BISMARCK, N.D. –The piping plover, a small, sparrow-sized migratory shorebird known for its melodic mating call, may benefit from increased conservation activities, thanks to a new recovery plan released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).


Credit: Steve Amus / USDA

Credit: Steve Amus / USDA

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mountain-Prairie Region Evaluating the Status of Two Species

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The western bumble bee, like all bumble bees, is a yellow and black bee that is an important pollinator of a wide variety of flowering plants and agricultural crops in western North America. This bee has a wide geographic range that stretches down the west coast from Alaska to California and reaches as far east as Nebraska and the Dakotas. 


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Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Delisting Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Due To Recovery

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – In response to the successful recovery of one of the nation’s most iconic animals, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today proposed to remove the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the Federal Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.


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Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Evaluating the Status of Species

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Northern Rocky Mountain fisher lives along streams in the forests of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. This long, bushy-tailed animal nearly disappeared from this area in the 1920s due to unregulated trapping. Fisher populations have rebounded, but new evidence suggests hunting, habitat loss, and poisoning may still be of concern. The fisher is just one of 17 other species that have been petitioned by environmental groups to list as threatened or endangered.

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Credit: USFWS

New Rule Will Help Conservation of Endangered Ferrets in Wyoming

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – One of the most endangered mammals in North America received a boost today, thanks to collaborative efforts between the federal government and the State of Wyoming.

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redit: Joe Giersch / USGS

Credit: Joe Giersch / USGS

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Evaluate Two Stoneflies for ESA protection

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Two stoneflies found in high-elevation coldwater streams in and near Glacier National Park, Mont. will be evaluated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in the coming year to determine whether they warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Credit: USFWS

Black-footed Ferret Reintroduction on Rocky Mountain Aresnal NWR

On Monday, October 5, 2015, at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR just outside of Denver, Colorado, we reintroduced what was once, the most endangered mammal in North America, the black-footed ferret.

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Wyoming Toad Credit: Sara Armstrong / USFWS

Wyoming Toad Credit: Sara Armstrong / USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wyoming Game and Fish Department Announce Final Recovery Plan for Endangered Wyoming Toad

LARAMIE, Wyo. – A deadly disease responsible for devastating global amphibian populations is threatening one of North America’s rarest amphibians, the endangered Wyoming toad.

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Photo of a Dakota skipper (left) and a Poweshiek skipperling (right). Credit: USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat for Two Prairie Butterflies under the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced final critical habitat designations for the Dakota skipper and Poweshiek skipperling, two species of prairie butterflies listed under the Endangered Species Act in 2014.

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Bull Trout Credit: Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Completes Final Bull Trout Recovery Plan

BOISE, Idaho – Efforts to conserve a key cold-water fish species got a boost today when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released the final Bull Trout Recovery Plan, which outlines the conservation actions needed to recover bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus).

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Greater Sage-Grouse

Greater Sage-Grouse

Greater Sage-Grouse ESA Finding

DENVER- An unprecedented conservation partnership led by federal and state agencies, private landowners, industry and conservation groups has significantly reduced threats to the greater sage-grouse. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has found the species remains relatively abundant and well-distributed and does not need the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

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Court affirms Rodebaugh sentence, poacher from Meeker remains in prison

DENVER- Convicted poacher and former outfitter Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 73, of Meeker, Colo., learned on Tuesday that his appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has failed, affirming the 41-month prison sentence and fines the former outfitter received in early 2013 for illegally baiting deer and elk with salt.

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Credit: USFWS

State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts Receive $37.2 Million Boost Through Service Grants: Colorado, Utah and Montana to Receive Funding

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is awarding $37.2 million in grants to 20 states to support conservation planning and acquisition of vital habitat for threatened and endangered species across the nation. The grants, awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (CESCF), will benefit numerous species ranging from the coastal California gnatcatcher to the Karner blue butterfly. For a complete list of the 2015 grant awards, see www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/index.html.

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Credit: USFWS

San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex Announces Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today the publication of its final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeking Input on Proposed Native American Policy Update

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) wants to know what you think about its draft Revised Native American Policy (NAP) with today’s publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.

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Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces Availability of a Draft Recovery Plan for the endangered Salt Creek Tiger Beetle

One of the world’s rarest insects is getting a boost to its recovery. In order to keep this unique insect from extinction a draft recovery plan has been developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) that may help keep it from disappearing from the Cornhusker State.

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Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Tribal Input on Listing Status of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is in the early stages of considering the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing status of the Yellowstone grizzly bear. While we recently reached out to tribes near the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), we did not initially appreciate the breadth of historical, cultural, and spiritual connection some tribes outside that area have with the grizzly bear and the GYE. As a result, we at the Service are redoubling our efforts to engage our valued tribal partners who may be interested in government-to-government consultation on this matter.

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 Credit: Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS

Credit: Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Invites Comment on Implementation Plans for Bull Trout Recovery

BOISE, Idaho – Efforts to conserve a key cold-water fish species got a boost today when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released draft Recovery Unit Implementation Plans (Implementation Plans) that will be part of a final recovery plan outlining the conservation actions needed to recover bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus).

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Credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 2014 Endangered Species Recovery Champions

DENVER, Colo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today recognized individuals and teams for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect the nation’s rarest fish, wildlife, and plants by designating them as the 2014 Recovery Champions.

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International Migratory Bird Day 2015 poster by Amelia Hansen for Environment for the Americas

Photo credit: International Migratory Bird Day 2015 poster by Amelia Hansen for Environment for the Americas

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates International Migratory Bird Day

The Service is once again a proud sponsor of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), this Saturday, May 9th. The Service invites people to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation in their local communities and beyond.

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Ferret / USFWS

Ferret / USFWS

Partners Across the United States to Celebrate 10th Annual Endangered Species Day

The 10th annual national Endangered Species Day will be celebrated May 15, 2015, with special events and programs that recognize our nation’s efforts to conserve and protect America’s most imperiled species.

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Photo credit: USFWS

Photo credit: USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Hold Public Meetings for Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will hold a series of public meetings focused on explaining and obtaining comments on a revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

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Service Announces Request for Proposals for the FY16 Tribal Wildlife Grants Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting proposals for the FY 2016 Tribal Wildlife Grants (TWG) Program. The program provides a competitive funding opportunity for federally recognized tribal governments to develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished.

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Service Provides $1.1 Billion to State Wildlife Agencies Benefiting Outdoor Recreationists, Conservation, Regional Economies

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will distribute $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the hunting and angling industry to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies throughout the nation. The funds support critical fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects that benefit all Americans.

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Ferret / USFWS Potholes and Wind Turbines by Krista Lundgren / USFWS.

Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Available for Wind Energy Projects in the Upper Great Plains

LAKEWOOD, Colo.  — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Western Area Power Administration have published a final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), which evaluates the environmental impacts of wind energy development in the Upper Great Plains states of Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The final PEIS, when coupled with project-specific environmental assessments, is designed to standardize the environmental review process while ensuring protection for wildlife and other natural resources in the Upper Great Plains.

News Release | PEIS, Volume 1, April 2015 (54.8mb pdf) | PEIS, Volume 2, April 2015 (33.4mb pdf) | More information:

Bi-State Sage-grouse Jeanne Stafford / USFWS

Bi-State Sage-grouse Jeanne Stafford / USFWS

Service withdraws Bi-State DPS listing proposal

RENO, NV – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it was withdrawing a proposal to list the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of greater sage-grouse as threatened because a locally developed conservation plan and $45 million in funding will address the major threats to the species.

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Ferret / USFWS

Ferret / USFWS

Service Helps Recover Species at National Wildlife Refuges in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Montana

DENVER-The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through its Cooperative Recovery Initiative (CRI), is committing $5.8 million to 14 projects across 18 states for recovery of some of the nation’s most at-risk species on or near national wildlife refuges.

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Barn Owl / USFWS

Barn Owl / USFWS

Utah man pleads guilty and is sentenced for Airborne Hunting Act violation

Dell Schanze, age 45, of American Fork, Utah, pled guilty to using an aircraft to harass wildlife and pursuing a migratory bird in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City Friday afternoon. There was no plea agreement, and federal prosecutors made no concessions to Schanze as a part of his guilty plea to both counts of the Misdemeanor Information.

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Black-footed ferret kits by Ryan Moehring / USFWS

Black-footed ferret kits by Ryan Moehring / USFWS

Service Proposes Measures to Facilitate Recovery of Endangered Black-footed Ferrets in Wyoming

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to designate the State of Wyoming as a special area for the reintroduction of black-footed ferrets, which are federally listed as endangered.

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Greater sage-grouse by Tom Koerner / USFWS

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Highlighted by Sage Grouse Initiative

The Sage Grouse Initiative regularly features its many partners as part of its Featured Friend series. They recently honored the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, which helps to fund many of SGI's field staff, and also works with SGI in the field by carrying out conservation projects with private ranchers.

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Northern long-eared bat in cave Credit: Jill Uturp/USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Northern Long-eared Bat as Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it is protecting the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), primarily due to the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has devastated many bat populations.

News Release | Interim 4(d) FAQ | Listing FAQ|Buffer Zone and Range Map for Northern Long-eared Bat | Species Factsheet | Do I need a permit?

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Pronghorn Credit: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Tribes in 13 States Receive $4.2 Million From Service for Conservation Work

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $4.2 million in Tribal Wildlife Grants to Native American Tribes in 13 states. The awards will support conservation projects that benefit a wide range of wildlife and habitat.

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