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State Listed Wildlife and Plant Species By County

The Division has legal authority over Ohio's fish and wildlife, which includes about 56 species of mammals, 200 species of breeding birds, 84 species and subspecies of amphibians and reptiles, 170 species of fish, 100 species of mollusks, and 20 species of crustaceans.

In addition, there are thousands of species of insects and other invertebrates that fall under the Division's jurisdiction. Ohio law also allows the chief of the Division to adopt rules restricting the taking or possessing of native wildlife threatened with statewide extirpation and to develop and periodically update a list of endangered species (Ohio Revised Code 1531.25). The first list of Ohio’s endangered wildlife was adopted in 1974 and included 71 species. An extensive examination of the list is conducted every five years. The Division seeks input from our staff and other wildlife experts across Ohio.

The status of native wildlife species is very important to the Division. While the listing process identifies individual wildlife species needing protection, it also provides direction for the allocation of personnel time and funds in Division programs and projects.

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