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North Dakota's Endangered and Threatened Species


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When Congress authorized the Endangered Species Act, they declared that species of "fish, wildlife, and plants are of aesthetic, ecological, historical, recreational and scientific value to the Nation and its people." The intent of this law was not simply to develop a list of species in danger of extinction, but to develop plans that would recover populations of these species to a point where they could be removed from the list. Part of this protection plan makes it unlawful or illegal to kill, harm, or harass endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers the law for all endangered and threatened wildlife covered in this brochure. If you have further information on any one of these species, please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
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