The Goals of the Wildlife Department include:
- Maintain or enhance wildlife populations, habitats and species diversity that will sustain the cultural, subsistence and recreational needs of tribal members in perpetuity.
- Maintain or enhance the environmental and ecological components that ensure wildlife species viability and genetic vigor.
- Maintain wildlife Management Zones that emphasize healthy management of vegetation for deer and elk benefit.
The Wildlife Department’s objectives are:
- Increase deer, elk, bighorn sheep and mountain goat herds by 50 percent.
- Reintroduce native species such as pronghorn to the reservation.
- Develop a deer management plan.
- Develop a predator management plan.
- Reduce or eliminate feral dog populations outside community areas.
- Comply with standards for herd composition to meet tribal member needs.
- Improve big game habitat with effective road blockage, controlled burning, water development and other habitat enhancements.
- Bird habitat will be enhanced through restoration and the placement of artificial structures such as nesting boxes and platforms.
- Promote and encourage utilization of ceded land hunting opportunities to relieve on-reservation hunting pressure.
- The Wildlife Department will work with grazing districts and the Range and Agriculture Department to manage livestock in wildlife management zones.