Background on State Wildlife Action Plans

Wyoming's State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) is a comprehensive strategy to maintain the health and diversity of wildlife within the state, including reducing the need for future listings under the Endangered Species Act. Special emphasis is given to addressing wildlife species that have received less attention in the past, including those that are not hunted or fished. All 50 states have developed SWAPs, providing a framework for planning and coordination on wildlife issues that cross state boundaries. The development and implementation of SWAPs is supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Services' State and Tribal Wildlife Grant Program. State and Tribal Wildlife Grant Program

Wyoming's SWAP addresses a variety of wildlife and habitat management challenges, the terrestrial habitat types and aquatic basins that cover a majority of the state, and Wyoming's Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). SGCN are individual species identified within the SWAP which are used to develop conservation strategies and are designated by evaluating trends in population numbers and potential threats. The 2017 SWAP identifies 229 SGCN in Wyoming.

SWAPs are coordinated with federal, state, and local agencies; industries; and nonprofit organizations, in addition to having public involvement. Wyoming's SWAP is revised at least every 10 years, previously in 2010. Wyoming’s 2017 SWAP was approved by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on July 20, 2017 and has been submitted to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for approval.  

2017 State Wildlife Action Plan

The SWAP is divided into individual chapters, which can be accessed below. If you have any questions or need additional information about the SWAP please contact Glenn Pauley, Planning Coordinator, (307) 777-4637 or glenn.pauley@wyo.gov.

Full 2017 State Wildlife Action Plan (large file, 39MB)

2017 Wyoming Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Front Matter

Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
SWAP Developments
Conservation Approach

Leading Wildlife Conservation Challenges

Rural Subdivision
Invasive Species
Climate Change
Disruption of Historic Disturbance Regimes
Energy Development


Terrestrial Habitat Types
Aquatic Basins

Species of Greatest Conservation Need

2017 Revised List of Species of Greatest Conservation Need


Reviewing and Updating the SWAP

Reviewing and Updating the SWAP

Public Participation

Public Participation

2010 (Past Version) State Wildlife Action Plan

Download 2010 State Wildlife Action Plan (9 MB)

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