BLM manages the habitat of wildlife on public lands. Wildlife refers to undomesticated animals and birds. Alaska encompasses a variety of arctic habitat types and their accompanying wildlife species. Coastal areas, both coastal and interior glaciers, arctic tundra, black spruce forests, riparian areas, and large spruce forests are types of habitats managed by the BLM in Alaska. The habitat, an ecological or environmental area where wildlife reside, can be home to grizzly and black bears, moose, caribou, bald and golden eagles, the occasional wood bison and muskox. Due to the pristine nature of most of Alaska it is not unusual to view arctic fox, wolves, lynx, ptarmigan, and grouse. BLM public lands also provide nesting and rearing habitat for many North American migratory birds and waterfowl.
The BLM cooperates with state and federal wildlife management agencies in improving wildlife habitat conditions, and managing populations of moose and caribou for the Federal Subsistence Program. The BLM also encourages the cooperation of those interested in wildlife management. BLM works closely with the Fish and Wildlife Service, other federal and State agencies, individual scientists, and private landowners to develop and implement programs for recovering federally listed species.
For more inforamtion about the BLM-Alaska Wildlife program contact Cara Staab 907-271-3128.