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    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


      Acronym: USFWS
      Geographic Scope: National
      Biogeographical Realm: , Nearctic,
      Status: Active

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is part of the federal government of the United States. It is a bureau within the Department of the Interior.


    The objectives of the USFWS are:

    1. Assist in the development and application of an environmental stewardship ethic for our society, based on ecological principles, scientific knowledge of fish and wildlife, and a sense of moral responsibility.
    2. Guide the conservation, development, and management of the Nation's fish and wildlife resources.
    3. Administer a national program to provide the public opportunities to understand, appreciate, and wisely use fish and wildlife resources.

    Some of the functions of the USFWS are:

    • Enforce federal wildlife laws,
    • Protect endangered species,
    • Manage migratory birds,
    • Restore nationally significant fisheries,
    • Conserve and restore wildlife habitat such as wetlands,
    • Help foreign governments with their international conservation efforts, and
    • Distribute hundreds of millions of dollars, through our Wildlife Sport Fish and Restoration program, in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.

    Chris Merkord
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