The DNR announced Monday that the bald eagle, gray wolf, snapping turtle and 26 other animals and plants would be off the state’s endangered species list. It’s the first change to the list in 17 years. Richard Baker, the endangered species coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources, argues that it’s very successful. He calls the case of the bald eagle the perfect example.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has removed bald eagles, gray wolves and snapping turtles from their list of endangered, threatened and special-concern species on Monday. Twenty-nine species were removed from the list, 180 plant and animal species were added and the statuses of 91 species were either upgraded or downgraded. Rick Baker, the DNR’s endangered species coordinator, says the list’s purpose is to help certain species – not confine and isolate them.