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Wildlife, Hunting, and Fishing

Wildlife is all around us. Whether you are a hunter, fisherman, hiker, or just enjoy being outdoors, you can encounter different kinds of wild animals. Wild animals might even live in your neighborhood or visit your backyard. Here you will learn more information about wildlife in Nevada, how to get involved, and how you can keep yourself and animals healthy from zoonotic diseases.

What should I do if I have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal? 

  • If the bite or scratch was caused by a wild animal, see your doctor for treatment immediately.
    • The animal bite will need to be reported by your doctor to the local animal control authority/local healthy authority because of the risk of exposure to rabies. 
    • Bats often carry rabies and can infect humans without leaving obvious signs of a bite. CDC recommends that anyone who is around a bat see their doctor about rabies shots even if you don’t think you have been bitten. 
  • To reduce the risk of bites from wild animals: avoid close contact with wild animals (look, do not touch), do not keep wild animals as pets and never feed wild animals. Even animals that look healthy can carry diseases, so it is best to keep a safe distance.

For tips on how to safely harvest an animal for in-state and out-of-state hunters, please click here. 


NDOW Species Cards – Click here to learn more about wildlife in Nevada such as where they live, what they eat, their size and much more!  

Living with Wildlife –  Wildlife is all around us. Wild animals might even live in your neighborhood or visit your backyard. Click here to learn more about what you can do when you encounter wildlife and what to do if you find an injured animal.  

Hibernating Animals– Want to learn about hibernating animals? Click here to take a virtual field trip and learn all about hibernation! 

Virtual Field Trip Videos– Click here to watch all the different virtual field trips from NDOW and learn more about wildlife! 

NDOW YouTube Channel– Want to learn how to fish, how to make a fly for flyfishing or even how to cook game meat? Click here to go to NDOW’s YouTube channel and learn everything about wildlife and being outdoors.  

Hunter Education -Are you interested in hunting? Click here to access the hunter education course that NDOW requires for all hunters.   

Nevada Youth License Fund– This fund will allow members of the public and non-profit organizations to donate money to cover the cost of youth combination licenses for kids so that the cost of a license is not a barrier to kids having FUN outdoors in Nevada.

To find out more information about classes, clinics, and events that NDOW hosts click here-