Species of Wyoming
The Fish and Wildlife Service has several avenues of addressing and protecting species. Before a plant or animal species can receive protection under the Endangered Species Act, it must first be placed on the Federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants. Protection under the Endangered Species Act includes endangered, threatened, and candidate species. The Service also maintains a list of plant and animals native to the United States that are candidates or proposed for possible addition to the Federal list.
- Endangered: Species that are in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.
- Threatened: Species that are likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future.
- Candidate: Species that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has sufficient information on their biological status and threats to propose them as endangered or threatened, but is precluded by other higher priority listing activities.
In addition to addressing the Species of Greatest Conservation Need, the Service’s Wyoming Ecological Services Field Office also encourages taking steps to protect and conserve species of concern for our office. Effective planning now can help ensure the long-term conservation of these species and remove threats that may contribute to the future need for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
For more information on Federally Listed Species in Wyoming see our Federally Listed Species page. For more information on Wyoming Species of Concern see our Species of Concern page.For more information on the National Endangered Species Program see the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program site.