The N.C. Wildlife Federation has released its list of the Top 10 wildlife species struggling to survive. These critters are victim to habitat loss, disease, over-harvest and other challenges that make the outlook for their kind bleak.
Determining the Top 10 list took into consideration the species’ abundance, habitat scarcity, popularity, potential for successful restoration and other threatening omens. The list includes species from different animal classes and geographic locations — from the mountains to the piedmont to the coastal plain.
Several are also high profile species affected by different divisive issues such as development and climate change.
Tim Gestwicki, CEO of the federation, wants the list to call attention to the environmental problems of our day and prompt action to be taken by political and community leaders to solve the problems.
“We believe the Top 10 list will bring further attention to the diversity of species and wild places — from the mountains to the seas — that North Carolina is blessed with,” said Gestwicki.