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Endangered Species
Endangered Species in Ohio

Threatened species are animals and plants that are likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future. Endangered species are animals and plants that are in danger of becoming extinct. Identifying, protecting, and restoring endangered and threatened species is the primary objective of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's endangered species program.

The passage from one millennium to another is a natural time to take stock of the past while planning for the future. More than a quarter-century ago, Congress took the far-sighted step of creating the Endangered Species Act, widely regarded as the world's strongest and most effective wildlife conservation law. It set an ambitious goal: to reverse the alarming trend of human-caused extinctions that threatened the ecosystems we all share.

Like an animal adapting to a changing environment, the Act has evolved to allow new approaches for conservation. Amendments and administrative changes ensure a strong scientific basis for decisions on endangered species, facilitate large-scale planning to accommodate land use and wildlife habitat, and promote innovative public/private partnerships. We are busy implementing many of these changes to the Act in Ohio to not only protect the State's Federally-listed species, but also increase their numbers so that the species can be down-listed or delisted.

Listed species in Ohio where Columbus office has the lead,
or species that have a high profile in Ohio


> American Burying Beetle (regional)

> Bald Eagle

> Copperbelly Watersnake

> Lake Erie Watersnake

> Indiana Bat

> Lakeside Daisy

> Scioto Madtom

> Purple Cat's Paw Pearly Mussel

> Running Buffalo Clover


Endangered Species Lists

> Federally Endangered, Threatened, Proposed and Canidate Species in Ohio (pdf)

> Federally Listed Species by Ohio Counties (pdf)

> Federal Species of Concern in Ohio (pdf)


General Information on Endangered Species Section 7 Consultation




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Last updated: February 20, 2012