Fish and Wildlife
More than 3,000 species of wildlife make use of resources on public land administered by the BLM, which manages more wildlife habitat than any other Federal or state agency. BLM-managed lands are vital to big game (such as elk, moose, and deer), upland game birds, waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, raptors, and hundreds of non-game mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The BLM makes special efforts to conserve sagebrush and other habitat used by at-risk species, such as the Greater Sage-Grouse and lesser prairie chicken.
The BLM’s Wildlife Management Program seeks to ensure self-sustaining populations and a natural abundance and diversity of wildlife on public lands. To provide for the long-term protection of wildlife resources, the BLM supports numerous habitat conservation and restoration activities, many funded through partnerships with Federal, state, and non-governmental organizations.
Besides providing recreational benefits, wildlife-related hunting and bird watching generate hundreds of millions of dollars to local communities located near or adjacent to BLM-managed public lands.
Learn more about our Fish and Wildlife programs: