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According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 65 mammal species in the United States are threatened or nearly threatened with extinction. The IUCN has classified each of these species into one of four conservation statuses: near threatened NT, vulnerable VU, endangered EN, and critically endangered CR. Also included in the list are 5 species that became extinct EX since the 1500s.

Order Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates and cetaceans)

Family Balaenidae (bowhead and right whales)

Family Balaenopteridae (rorquals)

Family Bovidae (bovids)

Family Cervidae (deer)

Family Monodontidae (narwhal and beluga whale)

Family Physeteridae (sperm whale)

Order Carnivora (carnivorans)

Family Canidae (canids)

Family Felidae (cats)

Family Mephitidae (skunks)

  • Eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius) VU IUCN

Family Mustelidae (mustelids)

Family Odobenidae (walrus)

Family Otariidae (eared seals)

Family Phocidae (earless seals)

Family Ursidae (bears)

Order Chiroptera (bats)

Family Emballonuridae (sac-winged bats)

  • Pacific sheath-tailed bat (Emballonura semicaudata) EN IUCN

Family Molossidae (free-tailed bats)

Family Phyllostomidae (leaf-nosed bats)

Family Pteropodidae (megabats)

Family Vespertilionidae (vesper bats)

Order Eulipotyphla (hedgehogs, shrews, moles, and solenodons)

Family Nesophontidae (West Indies shrews)

  • Puerto Rican nesophontes (Nesophontes edithae) EX IUCN since 1500s

Family Soricidae (shrews)

Order Lagomorpha (lagomorphs)

Family Leporidae (rabbits and hares)

Order Rodentia (rodents)

Family Cricetidae (true hamsters, voles, lemmings, and New World rats and mice)

Family Geomyidae (gophers)

  • Desert pocket gopher (Geomys arenarius) NT IUCN

Family Heteromyidae (heteromyids)

Family Sciuridae (squirrels)

Order Sirenia (sea cows)

Family Dugongidae (dugong and Steller's sea cow)

Family Trichechidae (manatees)

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