Fish and Wildlife Service

The FWS is a bureau within the Department of the Interior, whose mission is "working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people" ( This service manages nearly 100 million acres of land for wildlife, more than 500 wildlife refuges, thousands of wetlands, and more than 50 national fish hatcheries. The department is charged with managing wildlife laws, protecting endangered species, managing migratory birds, conserving and restoring habitats (terrestrial and aquatic), and coordinating with efforts in international conservation.

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