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State issues new list of endangered species
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Published: 3/5/2009 1:47 PM

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Fourteen species have been removed and 14 new species have been added to Illinois' latest list of threatened and endangered plants and animals.

The Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board said Thursday the total number of species on the list remains at 483, including 151 animals and 332 plants. The previous list had 144 animals and 339 plants.

Bald eagles, sandhill cranes and a bird called Henslow's sparrow have increased in population and are no longer threatened. Two plants, marsh St. John' wort and white mountain mint, have been removed because they no longer grow in Illinois.

Board chairman Dan Gooch said the list has been forwarded to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.