Animal Rare in Stateline Area Joins Threatened Species List

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Another animal joins the list. The rare Franklin's ground squirrel was added to the list of threatened species.

It's now illegal to kill the grayish-brown mammal that's rare in Winnebago County.

The action was made by the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board. They say there's evidence the species population is dwindling and could become extinct if nothing is done.