Purpose/Mission

The Wildlife Division is designed to preserve, protect and enhance Tribal Wildlife resources while providing subsistence harvest opportunities to Little River Band of Ottawa Indian (LRBOI) citizens. The right of Tribal subsistence harvest is promoted through ongoing wildlife and habitat assessments, Tribal outreach activities, inter-agency cooperation, habitat restoration, invasive species control, and sound scientific management. Special focus is given to culturally significant species and those historically relied upon to assure that these populations are healthy and sustainable. The LRBOI Wildlife Division encourages the establishment and enhancement of native species, control and eradication of non-native flora and fauna, and increased ecosystem biodiversity to strengthen the ecological integrity of the lands and waters within the 1836 Ceded Territory.

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Wildlife Division Projects

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Citizen Services

Permit and transport requests can be made in person (appointment only), via phone, or email. Please include full name, address, tribal ID, contact number, and requested services. Please make sure your Tribal membership card is up to date, as this serves as your hunting/fishing license.

  • Check station: Check deer, elk, bear, and furbearers, including CITES seals for otter and bobcat by appointment. Not currently running a check station with hours, only available for citizens upon request.
  • Transport tag and permit distribution: Provide citizens with game transport tags and permits.
  • Black bear and Elk lottery drawing: Please find the 2022 bear and elk permit applications below. Applications are due by May 20th and the permit drawing will be held in June.

Elk permit 2022

Bear permit 2022

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Related Links

The Wildlife Division serves an important role in protecting and preserving the plant and wildlife species important to the Tribe and the Tribal membership.  We work closely with the surrounding agencies, universities and the general public to monitor, research, preserve and when necessary, protect a variety of culturally and ecologically important flora and fauna.  The Wildlife Division aims to strengthen the ecological integrity of the lands and waters within the 1836 Ceded Territory while simultaneously ensuring subsistence harvest opportunities exist for future generations of the Tribal membership.