Slide Show: Hundreds of Troubled Species Await Official Protection

Making the endangered species list isn't easy when the queue is 280 species long view the slide show
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Coho Salmon - proposed for listing

Oncorhynchus kisutch, the coho or "silver" salmon, is one of seven subspecies of wild salmon. With a North American habitat stretching from northern California to Alaska, the fish spends its youth in freshwater and adult years in the ocean, but eventually returns to its freshwater birthplace to spawn and die.....[ More ]

Miami Blue Butterfly - candidate species

The Miami blue butterfly is one of many south Florida butterflies in danger of extinction. The Miami blue once proliferated in the Keys, the Everglades and Biscayne National Park, but just a few years ago researchers estimated that fewer than 500 individuals remained on the planet.....[ More ]

Fisher - candidate species

The fisher is a furry, brown, bushy-tailed member of the weasel family. Despite its name, the fisher does not fish but instead prefers forest delicacies such as squirrels, porcupines, mice and shrews.....[ More ]

Nanu Gardenia - candidate species

Hawaii's Nanu Gardenia was once used to make traditional leis that were worn around the neck, but it is now one of Hawaii's endangered endemic plants. In the dry, high-altitude forests where the wild Nanu tree grows, it can measure up to 15 feet tall.....[ More ]

New England Cottontail Rabbit - candidate species

The New England cottontail lives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The current population may be as low as 5,000—a paltry population for an animal whose average life span is six months, says Michael Amaral, spokesperson for the Fish & Wildlife Service.....[ More ]

Polar Bear - proposed for listing

In December the Interior Department announced a proposal to list Ursus maritimus , the polar bear, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Before making a final decision to list or not to list, the U.S.....[ More ]

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