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  • The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is a federal government agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior dedicated to the management of fish, wildlife, and natural habitats. The mission of the agency reads as "working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people." The leader of FWS is the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Daniel M. Ashe, of Maryland, who succeeded Samuel D. Hamilton. Among the Service's responsibilities are enforcing federal wildlife laws, protecting endangered species, managing migratory birds, restoring nationally significant fisheries, conserving and restoring wildlife habitat such as wetlands, helping foreign governments with their international conservation efforts, and distributing money to states' fish and wildlife agencies through the Wildlife Sport Fish and Restoration program. Units within the FWS include: National Wildlife Refuge System Division of Migratory Bird Management Federal Duck Stamp National Fish Hatchery System

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