Mussel Status Listing
Try not to disturb living mussels. If you should happen to move one, replace it on the riverbed or lake bottom in the same place and the same position as you found it. That will give the animal a fighting chance for continued survival.
Many mussels within Minnesota and surrounding states are listed as Endangered, Threatened, or of Special Concern. Mussels with any of these three status listings are protected and cannot be collected without a permit.
"The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived though its first material expression be destroyed. A vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer, but when the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and earth must pass before such a one can be again."
Minnesota State Definitions
Endangered: The species is threatened with extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range within Minnesota.
Threatened: The species is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range within Minnesota.
Special Concern: Although the species is not endangered or threatened, it is extremely uncommon in Minnesota, or has unique or highly specific habitat requirements and deserves careful monitoring of its status. Species on the periphery of their range that are not listed as threatened may be included in this category along with those species that were once threatened or endangered but now have increasing or protected, stable populations.
Federal Listing Definitions
Threatened: The classification provided to an animal or plant whose total population is at high risk to become endangered within the foreseeable future.
Endangered:The classification provided to an animal or plant in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.
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