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DNR seeks public help in updating endangered species list

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Wisconsin wildlife officials are looking for public opinion on the state's endangered or threatened species list. They are hoping to update the list to reflect recent trends.

The Department of Natural Resources is considering the removal of seven animals and nine plants from this list. Such animals and plants include the barn owl, snowy egret, bog bluegrass and hemlock parsley.

They're hoping to update the list because some of the species have responded well to protection and efforts to grow their populations. Others aren't as rare as originally thought and might no longer be considered endangered. The remaining species on the list are no longer found in the state of Wisconsin.

DNR officials also want to add eight species to the endangered list. The populations of these animals appear to be shrinking. The list includes three types of birds, one freshwater mussel and four types of insect.

The DNR has scheduled public hearings across the state on March 5th and 6th. Concerned citizens can also mail or e-mail their comments to the DNR.

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