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Endangered animals: New England cottontails to Great Plains whooping cranes

There are almost 1,400 endangered species of animals and plants in the United States, according to a recent report from the New York Times. There are also 260 species that are awaiting decisions concerning candidacy for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Endangered animals range from cottontail rabbits in New England to whooping cranes in the Great Plains. In the Northeast, one can find North Atlantic right whales who are attracted to plankton, as well as seals and great white sharks.

In the Southeast regions of the U.S., there are Louisiana black bears and Florida manatees, a popular attraction for tourists visiting the sunshine state.

In the Rocky Mountains, North American wolverines and the Canada lynx are all supported by prey such as deer and other animals.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently announced the winners of the National Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest, for which the grand prize and first place runner ups made artworks featuring turtles and tortoises. The U.S. FWS is also sponsoring National Endangered Species Day, which will be held on May 20.
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