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Nevada

Population: 1,998,257 (2000)

State Background
Species
Clubs & Organizations
Nevada Department of Wildlife
1100 Valley Rd.
Reno, NV 89512

775-688-1500
www.ndow.org

State Background

Nevada is a state located in the western United States, best known for its widespread legalization of gambling and gaming industry. It has borders with Oregon and Idaho to the north; California to the west; Arizona to the southeast; and Utah to the east. The border with Arizona includes the Colorado River and Hoover Dam. The state is broken up by several north-south mountain ranges.

Much of the northern part of the state is within the Great Basin Desert, a colder desert that experiences hot temperatures in the summer and sub-freezing temperatures in the winter. Occasionally, moisture from the Arizona Monsoon will cause summer thunderstorms; Pacific storms may blanket the area with snow. The mountain ranges, some of which have peaks above 12,000 feet, harbor lush forests high above desert plains, creating sky islands for endemic species. The valleys are often no lower in elevation than 3,000 feet. The eastern parts of the state receive more summer moisture and have a slightly more verdant terrain. Sagebrush grows and some rivers and streams break the desert terrain. The southern third of the state, including the Las Vegas area, is within the Mojave Desert. The area receives less precipitation in the winter, but is closer to the Arizona Monsoon in the summer. The terrain is also lower, mostly below 4,000 feet, creating conditions for hotter summer days and colder winter nights due to inversion.

State Species

Big Game California Bighorn Sheep
Desert Bighorn Sheep
Mountain Goat
Mountain Lion
Mule Deer
Pronghorn Antelope
Rocky Mountain Elk
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
Waterfowl Canada Geese
Common Snipe
Common Morrhen
Coot
Duck
Merganser
Snow & Ross' Geese
Swan
White-fronted Geese
Furbearer Species Beaver
Bobcat
Grey Fox
Kit Fox
Mink
Muskrat
Otter
Red Fox
Small Game Species American Crow
Blue Grouse
California Quail
Chukar Partridge
Gamble's Quail
Himalayan Snowcock
Mourning Dove
Ruffed Grouse
White-winged Dove
Predators Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Coyote
Skunks
Weasels
 
Sport Fish Bass Hybrid Wiper
Black Crappie
Bluegill Sunfish
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Bullhead Catfish
Carp
Channel Catfish
Cutthroat Trout
Green Sunfish
Kokanee Salmon
Largemouth Bass
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Redear Sunfish
Sacramento Perch
Smallmouth Bass
Spoted Bass
Striped Bass
Walleye
White Bass
White Catfish
White Crappie
Yellow Perch

Clubs & Organizations

Nevada Outfitters and Guides Association

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