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Canada For these three endangered species in Canada, 2018 could be a crucial year

16:39  07 december  2017
16:39  07 december  2017 Source:   macleans.ca

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Every year, Canada’s wildlife biologists add or subtract a few species from their endangered and threatened wildlife lists. They hope their efforts prevent extinction, be it from human industry, disease or natural disaster. With help from James Snider, vice-president of science and research with World Wildlife Fund Canada, we’ve highlighted three endangered species—land, sea and cave—that may have turning-point years in 2018, for better or worse.

Woodland caribou

Woodland caribou, Ontario, Canada. (Gary and Joanie McGuffin/WWF-Canada): Woodland caribou, Ontario. (Gary and Joanie McGuffin/WWF-Canada)© Used with permission of / © Rogers Media Inc. 2017. Woodland caribou, Ontario. (Gary and Joanie McGuffin/WWF-Canada)

In 2012, Environment Canada gave provinces and territories five years to develop habitat protection plans for this iconic species, whose boreal forest ranges from Labrador to Yukon, and which are threatened by forestry, energy projects and more. None met last October’s deadline. Ottawa’s doing its own assessment, and by April might enact habitat protection orders.

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20 July 2018 . Share this with Facebook. Environmentalist groups have reacted with outrage, and the Center for Biological Diversity said " these proposals would slam a wrecking ball into the most crucial protections for our most endangered The sage grouse has been a candidate for protection as a threatened species for nearly a decade Biologists believe some Leks can be hundreds of years old.

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Little brown bats

Little Brown Bat, Myotis Lucifugus, Lillooet, BC, Canada. (Jared Hobbs/Getty Images): Little Brown Bat, Myotis Lucifugus, Lillooet, B.C. (Jared Hobbs/Getty Images)© Used with permission of / © Rogers Media Inc. 2017. Little Brown Bat, Myotis Lucifugus, Lillooet, B.C. (Jared Hobbs/Getty Images)

White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease, has killed millions of the mosquito-munching flying mammals. It’s mostly afflicting eastern bats, but will spread west quickly. “Once these populations are infected by this fungal disease, it can be devastating,” Snider says. Scientists say a probiotic spray shows promise, but it remains to be seen if it will work out in nature.

North Atlantic right whale

North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada. (Nick Hawkins)© Used with permission of / © Rogers Media Inc. 2017. North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada. (Nick Hawkins)

Twelve right whales died this year in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, from a global population of just 450. “If that happens again next summer, we’re in really dire straits,” Snider says. Ship collisions are common killers. Ottawa has limited marine speeds, and will set a 100-m buffer between ship and beast—will that be enough?

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