Wildlife Sprawl

Wildlife group says Ohio species endangered by sprawl

An environmental group says suburban sprawl could kill eleven wildlife species in the greater Cincinnati area and four more in Columbus in coming years.

The report by the National Wildlife Federation looks at the fastest-growing metro areas in the country. The study finds that the three dozen cities don't have enough protected areas to account for their teeming populations. Among the endangered species in Cincinnati are a freshwater mussel called a fanshell and a wild herb known as Virginia mallow. The species in Columbus include two other mussels and a tiny fish called the spotted darter.

Officials in Hamilton and Clermont Counties around Cincinnati say they're taking steps to keep some areas green.