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Maryland Proposes 108 More Species for Conservation Work

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP)- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says climate change, land development and other factors are putting more wildlife at risk.
    
The agency released the first six chapters of a draft State Wildlife Action Plan on Tuesday. It adds a net 108 creatures to a list of species in greatest need of conservation, bringing the total to 610. New to the list are the American mink, the ruffed grouse and five kinds of bats.
    
The plan aims to keep declining common species from becoming endangered.
    
The draft plan is an update of the 2005 Maryland Wildlife Diversity Conservation Plan. It includes an entire chapter on climate change and its impact on Maryland's wildlife and their habitat.
    
The agency says the entire plan will be available for public comment before March 1.

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