US Fish & Wildlife Service



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Published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1-2, (2002)


The FWMAO located in Kander, WY, provided fishery assistance to the tribes since 1941. In 1972, at the request of the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes and supported through congressional action, the office was enlarged to provide both fish and wildlife management assistance.

Today, the Lander FWMAO provides fish and wildlife management assistance to the Wind River Reservation and National Wildlife Reservation contains some of the most pristine mountainous areas in the lower 48 states with over 250 lakes and reservoirs and over 1100 miles of rivers and streams most of which provide some of the highest quality trout fisheries in the lower 48 states.

Wildlife resources include six big game species (elk, mule, deer, whitetail deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and moose), and two trophy species (mountain lion and bear), waterfowl, upland game bird and furbearers. Lander FWMAO provides population and management recommendations to the Tribes annually for their fish and wildlife codes.

Activities include Wind River water rights negotiations, habitat protection, wild and stocked fish population management, recommendations for fish and wildlife regulations, big game transplants, fish stocking, stream, wetland and riparian habitat restoration and providing youth and adult education opportunities.