Protecting at-risk species is a core environmental issue for the people of Maine. The state began listing its threatened and endangered species forty years ago, after the passage of Maine’s Endangered Species Act (there are currently 45 wildlife species listed on the state’s endangered and threatened list).
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing a revision to the list for the first time since 2007. Six wildlife species have been proposed for list, including three bats. The list is a public document that helps businesses, landowners, government agencies and others know which wildlife is rare and vulnerable in Maine. It also provides impetus for landowners to work cooperatively with the state and creates opportunities for positive public education about Maine wildlife for Maine residents and visitors.
Benefits to updating the list:
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing changes to the state’s Endangered and Threatened Species List: