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Wildlife Habitat

Endangered Species

An endangered species is any species that is at risk of extinction because of a sudden rapid decrease in its population or a loss of its critical habitat. Loss of habitat and loss of genetic variation leave these species vulnerable. A threatened species is any species generally believed to become endangered within all or much of its range in the near future.

In Illinois, the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act (520 ILSC 10/) was enacted to  help protect those species of plants and animals native to Illinois which are in danger of being lost from the wild in the state.


Illinois Department of Natural Resources Link
The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center Link 2wav Link