My article is about endangered species in the Florida wetlands. More than 100 animals in the state have been listed as endangered, threatened, or species of special concern, as stated by The Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. All of these animals are in danger because of man. The population loss ranges from overhunting to pesticides to collisions with vehicles. The animals that are stated under these lists have now become protected under Florida laws.
Some species listed as endangered, threatened, or species of special concern include the Florida Sand hill crane, the American Alligator, Roseate Spoonbill, the Florida Black Bear, the West Indian Manatee, the Florida Panther, the Wood Stork, and the Sothern Bald Eagle. Only about 4,000 Sand hill cranes are left in Florida. The cranes are usually located in freshwater wetlands towards the middle of the state. Pickerelweed and Maiden cane are two main sources of food for the crane. These wetlands must be preserved because this certain type of crane is very picky and without these certain types of plants, the crane would become extinct.
There are about one million American Alligators left in Florida. This creature has been put on the special concern list because of the fact that they look like the endangered Florida crocodile. They are found in just about every wetland and marsh in Florida. About thirty years ago, there were only about 500 alligators in Florida because of suburban expansion and poaching. This is why alligators retain this protected status and special hunting laws in Florida.
Anther species put on the special concern list is the Ajaia ajaja, otherwise known as the Roseate Spoonbill. There are only 880 spoonbills left in the state of Florida. They are usually located on the Golf Coast near Tampa Bay. The birds reproduce in red and black mangroves. This species of bird is on the rebound and depend on humans on not destroying the marshes and wetlands around that area.