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Grasslands National Park of Canada

In Danger Today

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) makes designations on native species for mammals, birds, amphibians, fishes, arthropods, molluscs, plants, mosses and lichens. The following is a list of the species at risk in Grasslands National Park of Canada according to the COSEWIC assessment. Committee members meet at least once a year to discuss and evaluate Canadian species.

The Parks Canada Agency administers 171 national historic sites, 47 national parks and reserves and 4 national marine conservation areas. Of these, three have been designated as priority sites by Parks Canada. Due to the large number of species at risk in the Grasslands National Park of Canada and area, it has been designated as one of those priority sites.

Extinct: A species that no longer exists.

Extirpated: A species no longer existing in the wild in Canada, but occurring elsewhere.

Black-footed Ferret ( Mustela nigripes )
Greater Prairie-Chicken ( Tympanuchus cupido )
Grizzly Bear ( Ursus arctos )

Endangered: A species facing imminent extirpation or extinction.

Burrowing Owl ( Athene cunicularia hypugaea )
Greater Sage-Grouse ( Centrocerus urophasianus urophasianus )
Mountain Plover ( Charadrius montanus )
Sage Thrasher ( Oreoscoptes montanus )
Greater Short-horned Lizard ( Phrynosoma hernandesi )

Threatened: A species likely to become endangered if limiting factors are not reversed.

Loggerhead Shrike ( Lanius ludovicianus excubitorides )
Sprague’s Pipit ( Anthus spragueii )
Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer ( Coluber constrictor flaviventris )
Black-tailed Prairie Dog ( Cynomys ludovicianus )
Plains Bison ( Bison bison bison )
Ferruginous Hawk ( Buteo regalis )
Swift Fox ( Vulpes velox )

Special Concern: A species of special concern because of characteristics that are particularly sensitive to human activities or natural events.

Long-billed Curlew ( Numenius americanus )
Northern Leopard Frog ( Rana pipiens )
Short-eared Owl ( Asio flammeus )
Mormon Metalmark ( Apodemia mormo )
Peregrine Falcon ( Falco peregrinus anatum )
Prairie Rattlesnake ( Crotalus viridus )

Data Deficient: A species for which there is insufficient scientific information to support status designation.

Bull Snake (Pituophis catenipher sayi )