- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state environmental officials are seeking feedback on their plan to protect rare and declining wildlife species.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting comments on its 10-year state wildlife action plan until July 17.

The plan identifies 366 species that require conservation actions to thrive, animals ranging from moose to lake sturgeon. Almost half the species are identified as high priority, such as little brown bats and the American bumblebee.

Another 113 species are seen as possibly needing conservation actions. That list includes the tiger shark and the monarch butterfly.

State environmental officials will hold public information sessions around the state over the next month on the draft plan.

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