With the addition of five species proposed for protection, the list of federally protected animals in Iowa could nearly double.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently named the Poweshiek
skipperling butterfly as a candidate for the endangered species
Early this year, the agency named the sheepnose and the spectaclecase mussels as candidates. They joined two other species on the candidate list: the massasauga rattlesnake and the Dakota skipper butterfly.
The service says a failing species can signal the loss of habitat that helps provide drinking water.
The six Iowa animals already listed as endangered are the Indiana bat; the interior least tern bird; the pallid sturgeon and the Topeka shiner fish; the Higgins eye pearlymussel; and the Iowa