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Federally-Listed Threatened, Endangered, Proposed, and Candidate Species' County Distribution

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For more information about threatened and endangered species in Wisconsin, please contact:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2661 Scott Tower Drive, New Franken, WI 54229, Phone: (920) 866-1717


Bald Eagle

Bald eagles are no longer protected under the federal Endangered Species Act and Section 7 consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is no longer necessary. However, the bald eagle remains protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Information about Bald Eagles


Information about Eagle Permits and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act


Gray Wolf

Due to a Federal court decision, wolves in the western Great Lakes area (including Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) were relisted under the Endangered Species Act, effective December 19, 2014.


Revised November 2015






Canada lynx
(Lynx canadensis)


Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Sawyer, Vilas, Washburn

While no resident populations are known from Wisconsin, the species occasionally occurs in northern forested areas, and counties listed are those with the highest likelihood of occurrence.

Gray wolf

Canis lupus


Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Iron, Jackson, Juneau, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Monroe, Oconto, Oneida, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Shawano, St. Croix, Taylor, Vilas, Washburn, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood

Northern forested areas

Northern long-eared bat

Myotis septentrionalis



Hibernates in caves and mines - swarming in surrounding wooded areas in autumn. During late spring and summer roosts and forages in upland forests.


Kirtland's warbler
Setophaga kirtlandii

=Dendroica kirtlandii


Adams, Bayfield, Douglas, Jackson, Marinette, Vilas, Washburn

Young jack pine stands (5 to 25 years old). Confirmed breeding in Adams county, potential breeding in the other counties.

Piping plover
(Charadrius melodus)


Ashland, Brown, Douglas, Manitowoc, Marinette

Sandy beaches; bare alluvial and dredge spoil islands

Piping plover
(Charadrius melodus)

Critical Habitat

Ashland, Douglas, Manitowoc, Marinette


Rufa Red knot

(Calidris canutus rufa)


Ashland and Douglas: along Lake Superior


Brown and Oconto: along Green Bay


Manitowoc, Ozaukee, Milwaukee, and Racine: along Lake Michigan

Coastal areas

Whooping crane
(Grus americanus)

**Non-essential experimental population

Adams*, Burnett, Calumet, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Juneau*, Kenosha, LaCrosse, Lafayette, Marathon, Marquette, Monroe*, Oconto, Pepin, Polk, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Shawano, Trempealeau, Walworth, Washington, Waushara, Winnebago, Wood*


*Whooping cranes have nested in these counties.

Open wetlands and lakeshores


Eastern massasauga
(Sistrurus catenatus)

Proposed as Threatened

Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Pepin, Rock, Trempealeau, Walworth, Wood

Open to forested wetlands and adjacent upland areas


Higgins eye pearlymussel
(Lampsilis higginsii)


Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Iowa, Pierce, Richland, Sauk

Lower Wisconsin River

Higgins eye pearlymussel
(Lampsilis higginsii)


Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, LaCrosse, Pierce, Trempealeau, Vernon

Mississippi River

Higgins eye pearlymussel
(Lampsilis higginsii)


Pierce, Polk, St. Croix

St. Croix River

(Plethobasus cyphyus)


Buffalo, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dunn, Eau Claire, Grant, Iowa, La Crosse, Pepin, Richland, Rusk, Sauk

Chippewa and Wisconsin Rivers

(Epioblasma triquetra)



Outagamie, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara

St. Croix, Wolf, Embarrass, and Little Wolf Rivers and Willow Creek

(Cumberlandia monodonta)


Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Crawford, Grant, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix


Note: Occurance record for Grant and Crawford counties is historic - last observation 1982

Chippewa, Mississippi, and St. Croix Rivers

Winged mapleleaf
(Quadrula fragosa)


Polk, St. Croix

St. Croix River


Hine's emerald dragonfly
(Somatochlora hineana)


Door, Iowa, Grant, Kewaunee, Ozaukee, Richland

Streams and associated wetlands overlying dolomite bedrock

Hine's emerald dragonfly
(Somatochlora hineana)

Critical Habitat

Door and Ozaukee


Critical Habitat Maps (8-page PDF)


Karner blue butterfly
(Lycaeides melissa samuelis)


Adams, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Eau Claire, Green Lake, Jackson, Juneau, Marquette, Menominee, Monroe, Oconto, Portage, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood

Prairie, oak savanna, and jack pine areas with wild lupine

Poweshiek skipperling

(Oarisma poweshiek)


and Critical Habitat

Green Lake, Waukesha


Map of Critical Habitat

Native prairie


Dwarf lake iris
(Iris lacustris)


Brown, Door

Partially shaded sandy-gravelly soils on lakeshores

Eastern prairie fringed orchid
(Platanthera leucophaea)


Dane, Green Lake, Jefferson, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Rock, Walworth, Waukesha, Winnebago

Wet grasslands

Fassett's locoweed
(Oxytropis campestris var. chartaceae)


Bayfield, Douglas, Portage, Waushara

Open sandy lakeshores

Mead's milkweed
(Asclepias meadii)


Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa

Upland tallgrass prairie or glade/barren habitat


Note: all the Mead's milkweed sites in Wisconsin are reintroduction attempts and occur on protected conservation lands.

Northern monkshood
(Aconitum noveborancense)


Grant, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Vernon

North facing slopes

Pitcher's thistle
(Cirsium pitcheri)


Door, Manitowoc, Sheboygan

Stabilized dunes and blowouts

Prairie bush-clover
(Lespedeza leptostachya)


Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Pepin, Pierce, Rock, St. Croix, Sauk

Dry to mesic prairies with gravelly soil areas


**Whooping Crane - On June 26, 2001, a nonessential experimental population of the whooping crane was designated in a 20-state area of the eastern United States. The first release of birds occurred in Wisconsin in 2001, and the counties listed are those where the species has been observed to date. It is unknown at this time which counties the species will occupy in the future, as the birds mature and begin to exhibit territorial behavior. For purposes of section 7 consultation, this species is considered as a proposed species, except where it occurs within the National Wildlife Refuge System or the National Park System, where it is treated as a threatened species.

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Last updated: November 5, 2015