UNDATED (WSAU) More than a dozen birds, animals, and plants may no longer get special protections as of early next year. The state D-N-R will ask the Natural Resources Board to remove the species from Wisconsin’s endangered and threatened species’ lists.
Officials say some have not responded very well to preservation efforts. Others are either more common than originally thought, or they’ve left the Badger State altogether. The barn owl would no longer be protected, along with Butler’s garter snake, Blanding’s turtle, the snowy egret, the Bewick’s Wren, the pygmy snake-tail dragon-fly, and a small fish known as the greater red-horse. The other species are plants. They include the bog blue-grass, hemlock parsley, American fever-few, yellow gentian, snowy campion, yellow giant hyssop, prairie Indian-Plantain, drooping sedge, and Canada’s horse-balm.