Idaho Wildlife

Fox kittens spotted near Pocatello West Bench, Idaho.  Photo by Jeff Kunick, BLM.In Idaho, public lands managed by BLM encompass 10 diverse ecoregions that provide habitat for a variety of native species including over 4,000 vascular plants, 99 mammals, 230 birds, 22 reptiles, 13 amphibians and 39 fish.  

The Idaho landscape, from the northern forest and streams to the southern arid canyons, is expansive and diverse, adding to the challenge of meeting wildlife habitat conservation and restoration needs.  To successfully manage wildlife habitat, the BLM relies on a strong network of partnership with other Federal agencies, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and non-governmental organizations.

What can you do to help?

Volunteering with the BLM, IDFG, U.S. Forest Service, or non-profit organizations on conservation projects provide great opportunities to protect wildlife and restore habitat. Use the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Information System to report observations of common species or those that have a special conservation status.

What to do if you encounter injured wildlife or young that appear to be abandoned?

Do not handle or dispatch a wounded or young animal for your safety and theirs.  Injured wildlife will be very scared and may bite in self-defense.  Young animals may appear to be abandoned, but in many cases, their mother could be nearby and could injure you in defense of her offspring.  In particular, avoid approaching baby animals, especially bears, deer, elk, moose, mountain lions, and other large mammals. Instead, contact IDFG and report the location, apparent cause of injury, and species.  Please remember that watching wildlife should be enjoyed from a safe distance, because close encounters with wild animals can pose a significant risk to your safety and that of the animal.