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Purple cat's paw pearly musselPurple cat's paw pearly mussel, an endangered species found in Ohio.

Photo by USFWS; Angela Boyer


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.

In 1973, 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.

Federally Listed Species in Ohio

American Burying Beetle

> Clubshell

Copperbelly Watersnake

> Eastern Massasauga

> Eastern prairie fringed orchid

> Fanshell

Indiana Bat

> Karner Blue Butterfly

> Kirtland’s Warbler

Lakeside Daisy

> Mitchell’s satyr

> Northern long-eared bat

> Northern monkshood

> Northern riffleshell

> Pink mucket pearly mussel

> Piping plover

Purple Cat's Paw Pearly Mussel

> Rabbitsfoot

> Rayed bean

> Rufa Red Knot

Running Buffalo Clover

Scioto Madtom

> Sheepnose

> Small whorled pogonia

> Snuffbox

> Virginia Spiraea

> White Cat’s Paw Pearly Mussel


Endangered Species Lists

Federally Listed Species by Ohio Counties (pdf)


Section 7 Technical Assistance

> Section 7 consultation guidance for federal agencies and their applicants (i.e., project proponents)


More Information

> Candidate Species Adobe PDF Icon

> Endangered Species Permits

> Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Information

> Request Information