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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is responsible for the protection and restoration of plants and animals that are in danger of extinction. The Service identifies species that are endangered or threatened and works with other scientists to develop recovery plans.
Recovery plans identify actions needed to conserve listed species and increase their numbers.
Safe Harbor and Habitat Conservation Plans are two programs designed to assist with recovery of threatened or endangered species.
Candidate species are species for which the Service has information to support a threatened or endangered status, but although warranted for listing, are precluded by higher priority species.
Candidate Conservation Plans are designed to assist with recovery of candidate species.
The Service also consults with other federal agencies and provides environmental recommendations on the effects of proposed federal projects.
To find out which species are listed in each county, click on the county in this map.
To download a species list (endangered, threatened and candidate) showing all the counties in which each species occurs in, click here (April 2, 2015 South Dakota Species List by County ) PDF
Click here to find out who to contact in our office for a particular species. Please note, these people may not be "experts" but will try to help you with your questions.
South Dakota Species Information
Llisted Species Information:
Proposed Species Information:
Black-footed Ferret(6 KB) Endangered, Experimental
Northern Long-eared Bat
Gray Wolf(11 KB) Endangered
Piping Plover(10 KB) Threatened
Interior Least Tern(9 KB) Endangered
Sterna antillarum athalassos
Whooping Crane(9 KB) Endangered
Candidate Species Information:
Rufa Red Knot
Calidris canutus rufa
Eskimo Curlew Endangered
Greater Sage Grouse
Pallid Sturgeon (8 KB) Endangered
Topeka Shiner(5 KB) Endangered
Non-listed Species Information:
Western Prairie Fringed Orchid (10 KB) Threatened
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Rhodiola integrifolia ssp. leedyi
American Burying Beetle(11 KB) Endangered
Dakota Skipper (9 KB) Website
Bald Eagle (8 KB)
Poweshiek Skipperling Website
Mountain Plover (8 KB)
Scaleshell Mussel * (pdf format 54 KB)Endangered
Black Hills American Dipper
Higgins Eye Pearlymussel * (pdf format 101 KB) Endangered
Black Hills Mountainsnail
* Shells of these species have been found, but no populations have been located.
Shovelnose sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus) have been listed as threatened due to similarity of appearance to the endangered pallid sturgeon. This rule extends take prohibitions to shovelnose sturgeon, shovelnose-pallid sturgeon hybrids, and their roe when associated with a commercial fishing activity in areas where pallid sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon commonly coexist. This designation of similarity of appearance does not extend any other protections of the Act, such as the requirements to designate critical habitat, the recovery planning provisions or consultation requirements for Federal agencies under section 7.
|Endangered Species Act||Recovery and Delisting|
|Safe Harbor Program (24 KB)||Habitat Conservation Plan||Candidate Conservation Program|
Last updated: April 9, 2015