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These Endangered Animals Are Up For Federal Protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Saturday issued its annual Candidate Notice of Review, a document that announces any species that will be considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

"Protecting America's most at-risk wildlife one of our highest priorities," said Service Director Dan Ashe in a release. "We are currently working with landowners and partners across the nation to implement voluntary conservation agreements on some 5 million acres of habitat for more than 130 candidate species, helping address some of the threats they face before they are ever listed under the ESA."

The listing focused largely on plant species, but also included listing changing for animals like the southern Idaho ground squirrel, the Kentucky arrow darter, and Cumberland arrow darter, due to changes in taxonomy.