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Biologists Report Good News in Lake County Salamander Survey

One species is increasing, while another saw a slight decline.

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Biologists who monitor the salamander population in Lake County reported fairly good news this spring: The blue-spotted salamander is increasing, potentially due to ecosystem restoration work. The Illinois state salamander species, the tiger salamander, could be slightly declining in number. Both species play a role in mosquito control and are excellent indicators of environmental health.