COSEWIC summary of new and reviewed assessments by type of change, April 2017

Table displays risk status for new wildlife species assessments. Table also shows change in risk status for those evaluated in the past. Results are from the most recent meeting.

Assessment results by type of change, April 2017.1
Status New Review of classification in a higher risk category Review of classification in a lower risk category Review of classification changed Review of classification no change Review of classification reassigned Review of classification no longer at risk Total
Extinct - - - - - 1 - 1
Extirpated - - - - - - - 0
Endangered 2 1 - - 5 1 - 9
Threatened 1 - 1 - 1 - - 3
Special concern 1 - 4 1 4 3 - 13
Not at risk 1 - - - - 3 1 5
Data deficient 1 - - 1 - 1 - 2
Total 6 1 5 1 10 9 1 33

Changed - wildlife species moved to the data deficient category from a risk category, or to a risk category from the data deficient category.

Reassigned - reassignment to a different designatable unit.


(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Acuteleaf Small Limestone Moss (Seligeria acutifolia), and Porsild’s Bryum (Haplodontium macrocarpum) were withdrawn to allow inclusion of recent information.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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