Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

March 18, 2011

Contact: Leith Edgar: 303.236.4588


Tribal biologist receives Recovery Champion Award


Dan Carney, a wildlife biologist with the Blackfeet Nation, received a 2010 Recovery Champion “Partner in Mission” award today. Recovery Champion awards are given to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and their partners whose work advances the recovery of endangered and threatened species of plants and animals in the United States. Carney received his award for conservation of the Federally-threatened grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) on the Blackfeet Nation Reservation and in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.


“Recovery Champions are leaders in the conservation of endangered and threatened species of plants and animals across the United States and beyond its borders,” said Acting Director, Rowan Gould. “It is a true measure of a steadfast commitment to protecting our nation’s biological heritage for future generations by helping to recover our imperiled species of fish and wildlife and plants and the ecosystems upon which they depend.”


Carney’s long-term commitment to bear conservation has resulted in the repopulation of hundreds of square miles of grizzly bear habitat across the Reservation. He has worked to develop a comprehensive management and research program that serves the needs of both Tribal and non-Tribal members on the Reservation, while at the same time recovering the grizzly bear. His efforts have built trust and understanding in local residents. Carney still works tirelessly, and is often on-call 24 hours a day in the spring, summer, and fall to respond to bear-human conflicts across the vast Blackfeet Indian Reservation.


For information about the 2010 Recovery Champions, please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Champion website at


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