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DNR Wants Your Input on Endangered Species ListSubmitted: 02/17/2013
DNR Wants Your Input on Endangered Species List
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - The DNR wants to hear your comments on its plans to update the Wisconsin endangered or threatened species list.

It's considering removing seven animals and nine plants from the list. These include the barn owl, snowy egret, bog bluegrass and hemlock parsley.

The DNR also wants to add eight species with declining populations.

There are public hearings across the state March 5th and 6th. You can also email or mail comments to them.



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