Wisconsin's endangered and threatened species list may be changing soon.
The Department of Natural Resources held the first of five public hearings at The Marathon County Public Library in Wausau.
DNR officials wanted to get feedback from the public about a proposal to remove 16 animals and plants from the endangered or threatened species list.
Those are :The Barn Owl, Bewick's Wren, Snowy Egret, Greater Redhorse, Blanding's Turtle, Butler's Gartersnake, Pygmy Snaketail, American Fever-few,
Bog Buegrass, Canada Horse-balm, Dropping Sedge, Hemlock Parsley, Prairie Indian-Plantain, Snowy Campion, Yellow Gentian, and Yellow Giant Hyssop.
They also want to add eight species because of declining populations in our state.
Those are: Upland Sandpiper, Black Tern, Kirtland's Warbler, Beach-dune Tiger Beetle, Fawnsfoot, Ottoe Skipper, a leafhopper, and an Issid Planthopper.
"There are species that are experiencing pretty severe declines and so I think it's pretty powerful that we'll be able to do more for these species and hopefully keep them in the state," said Assistant Zoologist, Terrell Hyde.
DNR officials say there are 239 species on the endangered species list right now.