The Mountain-Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service consists of 8 states in the heart of the American West.READ MORE
Regional Priorities for the Mountain-Prairie Region show where we will focus time and resources.READ MORE
Historic Reintroduction of Endangered Ferrets in WyomingREAD MORE
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period on Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Population Delisting Proposal
The Service is reopening of the comment period on the proposed rule to delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population, which initially published March 11, 2016. This decision comes after July’s release of the findings of an extensive scientific peer review of the delisting proposal. The extended comment period also allows the public to comment on the protective measures passed by Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming for post-delisting management of grizzly bears.Federal Register
2016 Meeteetse Black-footed Ferret Reintroduction. Photo Credit: Ryan Moehring / USFWS
July 28, 2016
One of North America’s most endangered mammals, the black-footed ferret, took another step toward recovery this week thanks to a historic reintroduction back to the ranches where the species was rediscovered in 1981 after having been believed to be extinct. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the owners of two ranches released 35 black-footed ferrets outside Meeteetse, Wyoming.
News Release »
Learn More »
Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone National Park Credit: USFWS
DENVER, Colo. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received five independent peer reviews on the Yellowstone grizzly bear population proposed delisting rule. The peer reviewers all agree that the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population is biologically recovered and the 2016 Conservation Strategy, which is the post-delisting management plan, is sufficient to maintain a recovered population.
White Pelicans at Bear River Conservation Area Photo Credit: Brian Ferguson / USFWS
BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting a 30-acre conservation easement donation west of Brigham City, Utah, from the Ferry Ranch and Farm family. Their contribution formally establishes the Bear River Watershed Conservation Area as the 565th national wildlife refuge.
The Wyoming toad only lives in Albany County, Wyoming and was released into three properties along the Little Laramie River. Credit: Rob Mansheim / USFWS.
LAKEWOOD, Colo. –In the continuing efforts to recover one of Americas most endangered amphibians, 900 adult Wyoming toads were released at three sites in the Laramie River basin on June 1st.
2015 Recovery Champion honoree Alex Diekmann holding a brown trout from the O’Dell Creek in Madison Valley, Mont.
DENVER, Colo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today recognizes two individuals and teams for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect the nation’s rarest fish, wildlife, and plants by designating them as 2015 Recovery Champions.
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Both the Winkler and San Rafael cacti are small, yellow to peachy-pink flowering plants, which are found only in Utah. Amazingly, these cacti retract entirely into the ground during the winter and dry seasons.
JENSEN, UTAH – For the past four years, the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program and its partner the Bureau of Reclamation have coordinated spring releases from Flaming Gorge Dam to connect floodplain habitats along the Green River near Jensen, Utah to provide important nursery habitat for endangered Colorado River fish.
Northern Long-eared bat
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
- Proposed Rule
- Press Release
- Supplement to 1993 Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan
- Draft 2016 Conservation Strategy for the Grizzly Bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
- Proposed Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzly Delisting Rule Literature Cited
- Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Map
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.
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.
Credit: Joe Giersch / USGS
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).
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.
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.
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.
Bull Trout Credit: Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS
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).
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.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Credit: Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS
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).
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.
Photo credit: International Migratory Bird Day 2015 poster by Amelia Hansen for Environment for the Americas
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.
Ferret / USFWS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bi-State Sage-grouse Jeanne Stafford / USFWS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A coordinated, partner-driven campaign to bring public attention to the dramatic conversion of grasslands and wetlands to cropland in one of America's last intact grassland ecosystems - the prairie pothole region.
Visit the campaign page »
Get Your Goose On!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supports efforts to keep the greater sage-grouse off the endangered species list by protecting its habitat to increase sage-grouse numbers.
Visit the campaign page »