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Threatened and Endangered Species

Piping Plover

Last updated 5/2015

North Dakota has eleven species listed as threatened (likely to become an endangered species in the near future) or endangered (in danger of extinction now) via the Endangered Species Act and an additional four species listed as candidate (proposed for listing as threatened or endangered species) species.

North Dakota does not have a state endangered or threatened species list. Only those species listed by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 are considered threatened or endangered in North Dakota.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has primary oversight of threatened and endangered species. Contact the North Dakota Ecological Services Field Office in Bismarck for more information on these species 701-250-4481 or

North Dakota ESA Listed Species

Species Threatened (T) / Endangered (E) Photo/Link
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes) E Black-footed Ferret
Dakota Skipper (Hesperia dacotae) T
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) E Gray Wolf
Least Tern (Sterna antillarum) E
Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) T
Pallid Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) E Pallid Sturgeon
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) T
Poweshiek Skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek) E
Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) T Red Knot
Western Prairie Fringed Orchid (Platanthera praeclara)(may be referred to as Habenaria leucophaea) T Western Prairie Fringed Orchid
Whooping Crane (Grus americana) E

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