WKYT - Good Question - Headlines

Good Question: In Kentucky who determines what animals are endangered?

Kentucky Cave Shrimp, the Virginia Big Eared Bat and the Cumberland Bean.

What do they all have in common?

They are all species native to the state and in danger of not being around much longer.

Good Question: In Kentucky who determines what animals are endangered?

From black bears, to elk, to bats-all roam freely in Kentucky.

"Kentucky has a rich natural history, it lies in one of the most aquatically diverse and terrestrially diverse areas of the country," said Lee Andrews with US Fish and Wildlife Service.

When it comes to determining what species are flourishing and sadly which are not, that's Lee Andrews job as a state field officer supervisor with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department.

Right now in Kentucky there are roughly 42 species on the endangered list.

"A lot of our listed species are fish and mussels, things that live in the water, but we also have a good number of terrestrial species in plants and that sort of thing that are in bad shape," said Andrews.

The Endangered Species Act is a federal law that gives wildlife officers guidelines to determine which species are at most risk.

"There is a mussel called the Rink Pink in the lower Green River, we've found two in the last five years," said Andrews.

Another species, the Virginia Big Eared Bat is also in danger of becoming completley extinct.

Some species are just listed as threatened.

And as for how they got there, man is almost always to blame it seems.

"People have come in throughout the years and changed all the habitats, they farmed, cleared and that sort of thing and it doesn't leave a place for those plants and animals to live," said Andrews.

In the last ten years two birds of prey found in Kentucky have been de-listed, the American Bald Eagle and the Peregrine Falcon.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus

WKYT

2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 94790394