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Lumber River, Plants and Animals

The Lumber River supports a diverse wildlife community. Most of the species are common to eastern hardwood forests and swamps (whitetail deer, raccoon, beaver, rabbit, mink, turkey, ducks, etc.); however, there are several notable rare and endangered animal species within the river system.

A unique fish, the cape fear chub, previously unknown in the Lumber River, has been identified in both the river's upper and lower reaches. Rare invertebrates also can be found, including lepidopterans, among which is the giant yucca skipper, whose larvae depend on the Yucca plant.

The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker is found in the uppermost reaches of the river. The pine barrens treefrog and the river frog, two rare amphibian species, have also been identified in the uppermost portions of the river.

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