Limpkins are not considered threatened at the present, although they have been designated a "species of special concern"
in Florida, the only place in the United States where they occur. However, at the beginning of the twentieth century, limpkins were almost hunted to extinction in the U.S. for their meat. Protection since then has allowed many populations to recover. At present, many limpkin populations are again declining due to damage and destruction of the wetland habitats they require.
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