COSEWIC wildlife species assessments (short version), November 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 applicable1
Status November 2017 Taxonomic group Common name (population) Previous status and date of previous assessment Range of occurrence in Canada
Endangered Mammals Caribou (Dolphin and Union population) Special concern May 2004 NT, NU
Endangered Mammals Grey whale (Pacific Coast feeding group population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Mammals Grey whale (Western Pacific population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Birds Williamson's sapsucker Endangered May 2005 BC
Endangered Fishes Redside dace Endangered April 2007 ON
Endangered Fishes Sockeye salmon (Cultus-L population) Endangered May 2003 BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Sockeye salmon (Bowron-ES population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Sockeye salmon (Harrison (U/S)-L population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Sockeye salmon (Quesnel-S population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Sockeye salmon (Seton-L population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Sockeye salmon (Takla-Trembleur-EStu population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Sockeye salmon (Takla-Trembleur-Stuart-S population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Fishes Sockeye salmon (Taseko-ES population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Endangered Vascular plants Quebec rockcress Not applicable QC
Threatened Birds Northern saw-whet owl brooksi subspecies Threatened April 2006 BC
Threatened Fishes Lumpfish Not applicable NU, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NS, NL, Atlantic Ocean
Threatened Fishes Sockeye salmon (Widgeon (river-type) population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Threatened Fishes Sockeye salmon (North Barriere-ES population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Threatened Fishes Vancouver lamprey Threatened November 2008 BC
Threatened Fishes Western silvery minnow Endangered April 2008 AB
Threatened Arthropods Verna's flower moth Threatened May 2005 AB, SK, MB
Threatened Mosses Porsild's bryum Threatened November 2003 NU, BC, AB, NL
Threatened Mosses Spoon-leaved moss Endangered May 2003 ON
Special concern Birds Peregrine falcon pealei subspecies Special concern April 2007 BC
Special concern Reptiles Prairie skink Endangered May 2004 MB
Special concern Fishes Bering cisco Special concern November 2004 YT
Special concern Fishes Sockeye salmon (Kamloops-ES population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Special concern Fishes Sockeye salmon (Lillooet-Harrison-L population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Special concern Fishes Sockeye salmon (Nahatlatch-ES population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Special concern Fishes Sockeye salmon (Francois-Fraser-S population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Special concern Fishes Sockeye salmon (Harrison (D/S)-L population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Special concern Arthropods Red-tailed Leafhopper (Great Lakes Plains population) Not applicable ON
Special concern Vascular plants Yukon wild buckwheat Not applicable YT
Not at risk Mammals Grey whale (Northern Pacific migratory population) Not applicable YT, NT, BC, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean
Not at risk Birds Peregrine falcon anatum/tundrius Special concern April 2007 YT, NT, NU, BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS, NL
Not at risk Fishes Sockeye salmon (Nadina-Francois-ES population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Not at risk Fishes Sockeye salmon (Chilliwack-ES population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Not at risk Fishes Sockeye salmon (Anderson-Seton-ES population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Not at risk Fishes Sockeye salmon (Shuswap complex-L population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Not at risk Fishes Sockeye salmon (Shuswap-ES population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Not at risk Fishes Sockeye salmon (Chilko-ES population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Not at risk Fishes Sockeye salmon (Chilko-S population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Not at risk Fishes Sockeye salmon (Harrison River (river-type) population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean
Not at risk Fishes Sockeye salmon (Pitt-ES population) Not applicable BC, Pacific Ocean

Meeting date: December 1, 2017


(1) The review of classification of the pale-bellied frost lichen (Physconia subpallida) was not completed. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) decided that a fully updated status report is required to assess the status of this wildlife species. The assessments of American bumble bee (Bombus pennsylvanicus), red-tailed leafhopper (Aflexia rubranura) Prairie population, and smoker’s lung lichen (Lobaria retigera) were deferred. These wildlife species will be re-considered by COSEWIC at a later meeting.

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