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Illinois has 17 federally endangered species

May 20, 2010 at 09:03 PM

Today is Endangered Species Day — a good time to note the 17 federally endangered species thought to spend time in Illinois.

Six are freshwater mussels, including my personal favorite the fat pocketbook. Other endangered critters in Illinois include the gray and Indiana bats, least tern, piping plover, whooping crane, pallid sturgeon, Iowa Pleistocene snail, Hine’s emerald dragonfly, Karner blue butterfly and Illinois cave amphipod. Leafy prairie-clover is the lone endangered plant according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Interesting!

Posted by HawgNSonsTV on 05/22 at 07:55 AM

Why would the State of Illinois have a lot more species on its endangered species list than the Fed’s have for Illinois on their listing?  For instance, Illinois DNR lists the Copperbellied Water Snake on its list, but the Feds don’t.  Also, many more plant species.  And lest we forget, the endangered Illinois cougar and black bear.

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