Arkansas's Endangered Species

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed in 1973 to protect endangered and threatened plant and animal species. An endangered species is in danger of becoming extinct throughout its habitat range. A threatened species is likely to become endangered.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is responsible for listing species, delisting species, and reclassifying species protected by the ESA. The ESA outlines protective measures which make it illegal to “harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture or collect” threatened or endangered species. The USFWS also develops recovery plans for endangered or threatened species. Some endangered and threatened species are protected by state and local laws. This image gallery features photos of some Arkansas species protected by the ESA.