Thousands of plants, animals at risk of extinction in Canada: wild species report
A monarch butterfly is seen in the Insectarium in Montreal, on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. A new report assessing the status of wild species in Canada says more than 2,200 plants, animals, fish and other wildlife found in Canada are at risk of dying out.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, November 29, 2022 2:43PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 29, 2022 2:43PM EST
OTTAWA - A new report assessing the status of wild species in Canada says more than 2,200 plants, animals, fish and other wildlife are at risk of dying out.
The latest Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council assessment says another 135 species are already extinct in Canada.
That includes seven that have never been found anywhere else so they're likely gone from the planet completely.
The council releases a new wild species update every five years.
This year's report assessed more than 50,000 of the 80,000 species identified in Canada but still doesn't have enough information to rank almost half of them.
The report comes just days before Canada is set to host United Nations biodiversity talks aimed at developing a global agreement to protect and restore nature.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 29, 2022.