Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
State Game and Fish Department
100 North Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501-5095
All wildlife are important because they are part of a large web of life in which species are dependent on one another for existence. For example, many plants have evolved to be pollinated by a specific butterfly. If that species of butterfly would become extinct, the plant would also become extinct. Wild species also act as environmental monitors, add to genetic diversity, and are used commercially at a value of about 40 billion dollars a year to make medicines. Finally, the number of people who enjoy watching wildlife grows every year. By causing the extinction of species today, we are depriving future generations of the experiences and values that a species may have provided.
This resource is based on the following source:
Grondahl, Chris and Kathy Martin. No Date. North Dakota's endangered and threatened species. North Dakota State Game and Fish Department's Nongame Program, Bismarck, ND. 6pp.This resource should be cited as:
Grondahl, Chris and Kathy Martin. No Date. North Dakota's endangered and threatened species. North Dakota State Game and Fish Department's Nongame Program, Bismarck, ND. Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online. http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/wildlife/endanger/index.htm (Version 16JUL97).