Georgia Endangered Species

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Conservation biologists indicate that as many as half of the Earth’s plants and animals may become endangered by the twenty-second century. Georgia has sixty-two plant and animals protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. Among these sixty-two species are the Coosawattee Crayfish , the Altamaha Spinymussel and the West Indian Manatee.These three species are on the verge of becoming extinct because of human interaction with their natural habitats. The Coosawattee Crayfish (cambarus coosawattae) is one of the many endangered species in georgia. Human influences have caused a mass reduction in the number of this species left alive today. Thomas p. Simon stte, “North American aquatic biodiversity has been disproportionately affected…show more content…
Skelton states, “The small range of this species and the high development rates within in that range are significant threats to the Coosawattee Crayfish (Skelton 2).” What the author means by this is that if development on and around the area that this species of crayfish inhabits is not stopped or reduced, this species population will decline at such a rapid pace that the utter demise of this species may not be stopped. Skelton goes on to state, “The introduction of non-native crayfishes is a threat to all native crayfishes (Skeleton 2).” By this, Skelton means that is people continue to release non-native crayfish species into Georgia, the native crayfish species will dwindle away to nothing. In an article on the Coosawattee Crayfish, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species states, “Cambarus coosawattae has been assessed as Near Threatened (1).” The article then goes on to state, “At…show more content…
The West Indian manatee or "sea cow" is a manatee, and the largest surviving member of the aquatic mammal order Sirenia. An article published by The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species states, “The number of mature individuals is currently estimated to number less than 10,000 (based on combined population estimates for the Florida and Antillean subspecies) and is expected to decline at a rate of at least 10% over the course of three generations (given a generation time of ~20 years) as a result of both habitat loss and anthropogenic factors (1).” By this, the article means that the population of The West Indian Manatee is far below average. The population is expected to decline by a rate of at least 10% over the next three generations. This is mainly due to human influence and loss of habitat. The same article goes on to state, “Threats to the Florida manatee encompass catastrophic natural events and anthropogenic factors (1).” This means that the decrease in population of The West Indian Manatee is partially caused by disastrous natural occurrences and human factors. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species states, “About half of adult mortality rangewide is attributable to human-related causes, primarily watercraft collisions (1).” This means that half of the deaths of The West Indian Manatee are caused by boating accidents. The article goes on to states, “Other
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