endangered species

Jared Davidson, 123rf Stock Photo

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service might add a native Kentucky animal to the endangered species list. The alligator snapping turtle, once native to this area, has decreased 95% in at least 5 states, including Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. 

Several federal agencies are celebrating a rare conservation success story in Kentucky.

Since 1988, the white-haired goldenrod has been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The plant is only found in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. And after years of being trampled by hikers, climbers and campers, the white-haired goldenrod suffered severe habitat loss.

LBL Raising Endangered Red Wolf

Jun 17, 2014
LBL's Nature Station

Land Between the Lakes is raising a female red wolf, a species that's been endangered for decades. The six-week-old pup is the result of LBL's partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Red Wolf Recovery Program. 


Two species of freshwater mussels have been designated as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The mussels are only found in portions of the Cumberland and Tennessee River systems.

The agency designated 24 critical habitats in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia for the fluted kidneyshell, while 13 were designated for the slabside pearlymussel in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia.