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Thought-To-Be Extinct Snails In Illinois And Iowa?

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Snails, thought to be almost extinct, are calling Iowa and Illinois home.

The Iowa pleistocene snail has existed for hundreds of thousands of years. It's been on the endangered species list since 1978 and was thought to be extinct but area experts say that could all change.

Recently they found some of the snails living near Decorah. With the help of a federal grant, they'll have crews out looking for more of the little guys across Decorah and Galena.

"This is a true success story," Rock Island US Fish and Wildlife Services Deputy Field Supervisor Kraig McPek said. "It comes right down to land owners, owner ethics, stewardship, conservation and conservation partners and it's a true success. So it's really exciting."

The snails only live in northeast Iowa and northwest Illinois. If crews find ten more occupied slopes the snails will be taken off the endangered species list.

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