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Eastern hellbender
Photo credit: Jeff Briggler, MIssouri Department of Conservation

Missouri Population of Eastern Hellbender Proposed for Endangered Status

Other populations in decline but not currently warranting Endangered Species Act protection

April 3, 2019 - After conducting a thorough species status review, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that most populations of the eastern hellbender are not in danger of extinction and do not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). However, the eastern hellbender population in Missouri is a distinct population segment (DPS) and the Service is proposing to list this DPS as endangered.

News release
Eastern hellbender website
Federal Register notice

Blog: Hell-bent on conservation

Published on: Wednesday, April 03,2019

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