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Officials look to add 49 Hawaii species to endangered list

HONOLULU (AP) - Wildlife officials are seeking feedback from the public on whether to add dozens of plants and animals in Hawaii to the federal list of endangered species.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials have reopened a public comment period, which will end Feb. 24, and are holding a public hearing and informational meeting to decide on a listing for the 49 species.

The proposed species of plants and animals are being threatened by invasive species, recreational activities, among other factors. Those considered for an endangered listing include the yellow-faced bee, the orangeblack Hawaiian damselfly and a native mint previously believed to be extinct but rediscovered in the '90s.

Federal officials say nearly 40 percent of the endangered species listed nationwide are from the main Hawaiian islands.

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