Wildlife mandate in statute:

“Wildlife in this State not domesticated and in its natural habitat is part of the natural resources belonging to the people of the State of Nevada. The preservation, protection, management and restoration of wildlife within the State contribute immeasurably to the aesthetic, recreational and economic aspects of these natural resources.”

The Commission:

  • Name: Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners
  • Regulatory or advisory: Regulatory
  • Number of voting members: 9
  • Term length: 3 years
  • How selected: Appointed by Governor
  • Senate confirmation required: No
  • Selection criteria per statute: 

“A county advisory board to manage wildlife shall submit written nominations for appointments to the Commission…The Governor shall appoint to the Commission: (a) One member who is actively engaged in and possesses experience and expertise in advocating issues relating to conservation; (b) One member who is actively engaged in farming; (c) One member who is actively engaged in ranching; (d) One member who represents the interests of the general public; and (e) Five members who during at least 3 of the 4 years immediately preceding their appointment held a resident license to fish or hunt, or both, in Nevada…Not more than three members may be from the same county whose population is 700,000 or more, not more than two members may be from the same county whose population is 100,000 or more but less than 700,000, and not more than one member may be from the same county whose population is less than 100,000.”

  • From the Commission’s website

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners is responsible for establishing policy for the management of Nevada’s wildlife ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy all of the outdoor beauty and abundance this great state has to offer.

The Agency:

  • Name: Nevada Department of Wildlife
  • Type: Standalone agency
  • Title of Agency Director: Director
  • Selection process: Appointed by Governor
  • Mission statement from agency website

“To protect, conserve, manage and restore wildlife and its habitat for the aesthetic, scientific, educational, recreational, and economic benefits to citizens of Nevada and the United States, and to promote the safety of persons using vessels on the waters of Nevada.”


Find Your State

America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

State Report

Agency Culture Report

National Report