Arizona’s wildlife species face increasing threats from habitat degradation, disease, the introduction of non-native species and climate change. The Department’s Nongame Branch is tasked with overseeing the efforts to conserve threatened and endangered species.
State-level Species Management
Through its partnerships with other public agencies, non-profit organizations and the science community, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s wildlife recovery program aims to prevent species from becoming endangered in a more cost-effective manner and reintroduce species that have been extirpated from the state. State-level involvement provides closer oversight of wildlife species on a day-to-day basis. Specific emphasis is placed on identifying and managing the wildlife and habitat of greatest conservation need, or those species that are no longer abundant and facing increasing threats from habitat degradation, disease, introduction of non-native species and climate change.
Arizona currently has 37 animal species listed as threatened or endangered. Adaptive management of these species helps ensure their continued presence in Arizona and protects the delicate balance of the ecosystem for future generations.
Species Recovery Programs
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s nongame species recovery programs are implemented under strict federal guidelines and partnership agreements. The following agreements and permits help direct reintroduction, conservation and management of threatened and endangered species in Arizona.
- Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperative Agreements
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Act Permits
- Amended Permit 10(a)(1)(A) -- This permit authorizes the Arizona Game and Fish Department to conduct wildlife management activities. It complements the department's authorities for take of endangered species provided by Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act.
- Permit 10(a)(1)(A) for black-footed ferrets -- This permit authorizes the Arizona Game and Fish Department to conduct wildlife management activities for black-footed ferret recovery.
- Species Recovery Plans
- Safe Harbor Agreements