Species considered extirpated from British Columbia, or have not been seen in the province in 50+ years.


[Incomplete] Species formerly or currently considered 'extirpated' by authorities, but may/indeed still exist in the province (the reason I made this list, to look for such on here and elsewhere):

  • Pacific Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer catenifer)
  • Pink Sand Verbena (Abronia umbellata acutalata, only ssp. in Canada) (rediscovered 2000, reintroduced in several areas via captive breeding)
  • Wallis' Tiger Beetle (Cicindela parowana wallisi, only ssp. in Canada)
  • Short-flowered Evening Primrose (Taraxia breviflora)
  • Elko Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja fulva) (formerly poorly understood, now reclassified as a ssp. and its wide range documented))
  • Crawe's Sedge (Carex crawei)
  • Fringed Pinesap (Pleuricospora fimbriolata)
  • Saltwater Cress (Eutrema salsugineum)
  • Floating Marsh Pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) - likely an unintentional reintroduction
  • Prairie Buttercup (Ranunculus rhomboideus)
  • California Shield Fern (Polystichum californicum)
  • Nevada Water Mite (Thermacarus nevadensis) (listed as 'Possibly Extinct' in several databases such as NatureServe)
  • Psathyrella quercicola (listed as 'Possibly Extinct' on NatureServe) shorturl.at/rCIK7
  • Northwestern Long-tailed Weasel (Mustela frenata altifrontalis)
  • Washington Southern Red-backed Vole (Myodes gapperi occidentalis)
  • Sei Whale (post-whaling era recovery)
  • North Pacific Right Whale (post-whaling era recovery)
  • Sea Otter (reintroduced)


Extirpated Populations:

  • Western Meadowlark (Georgia Straight Depression)
  • Lewis's Woodpecker (Georgia Straight Depression)
  • Vesper Sparrow (Georgia Straight Depression)

Taxa not in iNat database:

  • Dragon Lake Whitefish (Coregonus sp., 2 species)
  • Hadley Lake Limnetic Stickleback (Gasterosteus sp. 12)
  • Hadley Lake Benthic Stickleback (Gasterosteus sp. 13)


https://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/ss03fraser1.pdf

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/plants-animals-and-ecosystems/species-ecosystems-at-risk/brochures/extinct_extirpated_species.pdf

http://www.wildlifebc.org/pdfs/7.1Greater_Sage_Grouse_Campbell_Ryder.pdf

http://www.wildlifebc.org/pdfs/WA10_1JACKRABBIT.pdf

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/species-risk-public-registry/report-progress-recovery-document/pink-sand-verbena.html

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/best-management-practices/okanagan/taraxia_breviflora.pdf

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/species-risk-public-registry/cosewic-assessments-status-reports/wallis-saltflat-tiger-beetle-2009.html

https://www.registrelep-sararegistry.gc.ca/virtual_sara/files/plans/rs_wallis%27_dark_saltflat_tiger_beetle_e_proposed.pdf