The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau in the Department of Interior. They run the endangered species program in the country, adding (and sometimes removing) species from the list.
The Service was created during a reorganization of the Department of Interior in 1940.
According to their website, the Service has three objectives:
- “Assist in the development and application of an environmental stewardship ethic for our society, based on ecological principles, scientific knowledge of fish and wildlife, and a sense of moral responsibility.”
- “Guide the conservation, development, and management of the Nation’s fish and wildlife resources.”
- “Administer a national program to provide the public opportunities to understand, appreciate, and wisely use fish and wildlife resources.”