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On Wednesday, June 15, the Wayne National Forest and several partners continued their commitment to reintroduce the American burying beetle (ABB) in Ohio.


This year, 171 pairs of the ABB were released in a rural forested setting within Forest boundaries in Perry County.


This was the fourth year the group has reintroduced populations of this endangered species in Athens and Perry counties in southeastern Ohio. In the last four years, more than 750 ABB pairs have been released. The Forest’s reintroduction effort will be finished next spring (2012).


Among the partners joining the Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service are the Ohio DNR, Division of Wildlife; Ohio State University; The Wilds; the St. Louis Zoo; and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.


Caption: Lynda Andrews, Wildlife Biologist, Wayne National Forest

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Taken on June 16, 2011