40 Maui County species could make endangered list

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing adding 40 plants and snails on Maui, Molokai, and Lanai to the endangered species list. It's also proposing designating critical habitat for 135 species on the three islands and Kahoolawe.

The ideas are part of an effort to protect plants and animals by protecting the broader ecosystems they live in.

In 2010, the agency added 48 species from Kauai to the list and designated more than 40 square miles of the island as critical habitat.

Last year it proposed doing something similar for 23 shrubs, trees and flies on Oahu.

The agency said Monday it will accept public comment on the idea until Aug. 10.

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