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Endangered Animals in North America
Animals that are Endanger in North America
When we think of animals that are extinct or endangered, we often think of them as being native to some other country.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that there are animals that are endangered right in our own "backyard".
These are a list of Animals, including mammals, amphibians and reptiles that are listed as endangered, critically endangered, extinct in the wild or already extinct in North America.
Mammals listed in the United States
87 records in the US alone - and these are just the mammals
Inverted Common Name
Bat, Hawaiian hoary
Bat, lesser long-nosed
Bat, little Mariana fruit
Bat, Mariana fruit (=Mariana flying fox)
Bat, Mexican long-nosed
Bat, Ozark big-eared
Bat, Virginia big-eared
Bear, American black
Bear, Louisiana black
Deer, Columbian white-tailed
Fox, San Joaquin kit
Fox, San Miguel Island
Fox, Santa Catalina Island
Fox, Santa Cruz Island
Fox, Santa Rosa Island
Jaguarundi, Gulf Coast
Kangaroo rat, Fresno
Kangaroo rat, giant
Kangaroo rat, Morro Bay
Kangaroo rat, San Bernardino Merriam's
Kangaroo rat, Stephens'
Kangaroo rat, Tipton
Manatee, West Indian
Mountain beaver, Point Arena
Mouse, Alabama beach
Mouse, Anastasia Island beach
Mouse, Choctawhatchee beach
Mouse, Key Largo cotton
Mouse, Pacific pocket
Mouse, Perdido Key beach
Mouse, Preble's meadow jumping
Mouse, salt marsh harvest
Mouse, southeastern beach
Mouse, St. Andrew beach
Otter, Northern Sea
Otter, southern sea
Prairie dog, Utah
Puma (=cougar), eastern
Puma (=mountain lion)
Rabbit, Lower Keys marsh
Rabbit, riparian brush
Seal, Guadalupe fur
Seal, Hawaiian monk
Sheep, Peninsular bighorn
Sheep, Sierra Nevada bighorn
Shrew, Buena Vista Lake ornate
Squirrel, Carolina northern flying
Squirrel, Delmarva Peninsula fox
Squirrel, Mount Graham red
Squirrel, northern Idaho ground
Squirrel, Virginia northern flying
Vole, Florida salt marsh
Vole, Hualapai Mexican
Whale, North Atlantic Right
Whale, North Pacific Right
Woodrat, Key Largo
Woodrat, riparian (=San Joaquin Valley)
Find out which animals are endangered - in your own state
- Endangered Species Program | Home Page
WWeb site of the Endangered Species Program, a program within the Fish & Wildlife Service.
Spotlight - San Joaquin Antelope Ground Squirrel
These adorable little squirres are listed as endangered because they are only found in the central and wester San Joaquin Valley and neighboring areas of Cuyama Valley, Panoche Valley, Carrizo Plain, and the Elkhorn Plains. Their habitat is on the decline and their population numbers are decreasing by less than 30% over the last ten years.
Their Habitat consists of dry flat or rolling terrain, and they live on grassy, sparsely shrubby ground (shrubs include saltbush, ephedra, bladder pod, goldenbush, and snakeweed.
These squirrels seldom dig their own burrows; most often they use burrows made by other small mammals under shrubs, in banks of the arroyos, at the bottom of alluvial fans.
Breeding season is in the spring, they give birth in March after a gestation period of 26 days and usually the babies are not seen until around April when they begin their first adventures above ground to find food. The only breed once a year, and have litters of from six to twelve babies, averaging nine. Their lifespan ranges from less than a year to five or more years. The average is less than a year.
They eat bugs, green vegetation and forb seeds.
Their decline is a result of loss of habitat due to agricultural and urban development as well as oil and gas exploration practices. Primary existing threats include loss of habitat due to agricultural development, urbanization, and petroleum extraction, and the use of rodenticides for ground squirrel control. Overgrazing and associated loss of shrub cover is a concern in some areas. These threats will be alleviated by the implementation of the San Joaquin Endangered Species Recovery Plan.
Endangered Animals - Learn more about endangered animals
Hope for Animals and Their World: - How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink
Wild Echoes: - Encounters with the Most Endangered Animals in North America
What can you do to help?
You have already begun, the first thing is to become aware.
What animals are Endangered?
Where do they live?
Am I impacting them in some way?
We have to share this earth, lets find a way to live together with them without destroying them.
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