Oklahoma is home to many different endangered species and they play vital roles in our environment. We must protect them to help protect our environment.
Updated on April 24th, 2019
It’s important that we protect our wildlife species so they don’t just disappear. These animals play different and important roles in our ecosystem. For one, bats help keep bug populations down, including the hated and disease-carrying mosquitoes. If we lose a whole species of bat we can end up with far more mosquitoes and more of the diseases they spread.
One example of how losing species in the state can affect things is our increased number of deer.
“Historically, large predators played a major role in controlling deer herds, but with the removal of the gray wolf and near elimination of the mountain lion, the only effective means of controlling deer numbers is through regulated hunting.”- Ecology and Management of Deer in Oklahoma
When we mess with one species others are affected, this is why protecting endangered species is so very important. We also want our grandkids to get to see the great wildlife Oklahoma has to offer.
Oklahoma’s Endangered Species
State-listed Threatened Wildlife Species
State-listed Endangered Wildlife Species
Federal-listed Threatened Wildlife Species
- Arkansas River Shiner
- Leopard Darter
- Neosho Madtom
- Northern Long-eared Bat
- Ozark Cavefish
- Rufa Red Knot
Federal-listed Endangered Wildlife Species
- American Burying Beetle
- Gray Bat
- Indiana Bat
- Interior Least Tern
- Neosho Mucket
- Ouachita Rock Pocketbook
- Ozark Big-eared Bat
- Piping Plover
- Red-cockaded Woodpecker
- Whooping Crane
- Winged Mapleleaf
You can learn more about Oklahoma’s wildlife from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The first step to protecting these species is learning about them.
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