COSEWIC wildlife species assessments (short version), April 2017

Table displays the wildlife species assessed at the most recent meeting. Table is sorted by risk status and taxonomic group. Previous status is shown when applicable.

Wildlife species are sorted according to current status and then by taxonomic group. Previous status is shown when applicable.1
Status April 2017 Taxonomic group Common name (population) Previous status and date of previous assessment Range of occurrence in Canada
Extinct Mammals Atlantic Walrus (Nova Scotia - Newfoundland - Gulf of St Lawrence population) Extirpated May 2000 QC, NB, PE, NS, NL, Atlantic Ocean
Endangered Mammals Caribou (Eastern Migratory population) Not applicable MB, ON, QC, NL
Endangered Mammals Ord's Kangaroo Rat Endangered April 2006 AB, SK
Endangered Birds Burrowing Owl Endangered April 2006 BC, AB, SK, MB
Endangered Birds Red-headed Woodpecker Threatened April 2007 SK, MB, ON, QC
Endangered Fishes Chinook Salmon (Okanagan population) Threatened April 2006 BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Lake Sturgeon (Saskatchewan - Nelson River populations) Not applicable AB, SK, MB, ON
Endangered Fishes Shortnose Cisco Endangered May 2005 ON
Endangered Molluscs Eastern Banded Tigersnail Not applicable ON
Endangered Vascular Plants Butternut Endangered November 2003 ON, QC, NB
Threatened Birds Lark Bunting Not applicable AB, SK, MB
Threatened Fishes Lake Sturgeon (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence populations) Threatened November 2006 ON, QC
Threatened Vascular Plants Spotted Wintergreen Endangered May 2000 ON, QC
Special Concern Mammals Atlantic Walrus (High Arctic population) Not applicable NU, Arctic Ocean
Special Concern Mammals Atlantic Walrus (Central / Low Arctic population) Not applicable NU, MB, QC, NL, Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean
Special Concern Birds Harris's Sparrow Not applicable NT, NU, AB, SK, MB, ON
Special Concern Birds Rusty Blackbird Special Concern April 2006 YT, NT, NU, BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NS, NL
Special Concern Reptiles Bullsnake Data Deficient May 2002 AB, SK
Special Concern Fishes Deepwater Sculpin (Waterton Lake population) Not applicable AB
Special Concern Fishes Deepwater Sculpin (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence populations) Special Concern April 2006 ON, QC
Special Concern Fishes Lake Sturgeon (Southern Hudson Bay - James Bay populations) Special Concern November 2006 MB, ON, QC
Special Concern Fishes Shortfin Mako (Atlantic population) Threatened April 2006 QC, NB, PE, NS, NL, Atlantic Ocean
Special Concern Molluscs Eastern Pondmussel Endangered April 2007 ON
Special Concern Vascular Plants Anticosti Aster Threatened May 2000 QC, NB
Special concern Vascular Plants Long's Bulrush Special Concern April 1994 NS
Special concern Mosses Rusty Cord-moss Endangered November 2004 BC, SK
Not at Risk Fishes Deepwater Sculpin (Western Hudson Bay populations) Not applicable SK
Not at Risk Fishes Deepwater Sculpin (Western Arctic populations) Not applicable NT, AB, SK
Not at Risk Fishes Deepwater Sculpin (Saskatchewan - Nelson River populations) Not applicable MB, ON
Not at Risk Molluscs Western Banded Tigersnail Not applicable BC
Not at Risk Vascular Plants Annual Saltmarsh Aster Special Concern April 1992 QC, NB, PE
Data deficient Fishes Deepwater Sculpin (Southern Hudson Bay - James Bay populations) Not applicable ON
Data deficient Arthropods Columbia Dune Moth Not applicable BC

(1) The reports on Prairie Skink (Plestiodon septentrionalis), Acuteleaf Small Limestone Moss (Seligeria acutifolia), and Porsild’s Bryum (Haplodontium macrocarpum) were withdrawn to allow inclusion of recent information. These wildlife species will be re-considered by COSEWIC in November 2017.

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The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) is an independent advisory panel to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada that meets twice a year to assess the status of wildlife species at risk of extinction. Members are wildlife biology experts from academia, government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector responsible for designating wildlife species in danger of disappearing from Canada.


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