Half of Canada’s Wildlife is Declining, Finds Troubling Report

An extensive survey of wildlife in Canada has found some bad news: half the country’s species are declining, and those who are declining are disappearing at an alarming rate.

The findings were†released by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which is calling it the “most comprehensive synthesis of Canadian wildlife population trends ever conducted.”

According to the report, of 903 monitored vertebrate species, half of them have suffered from population declines from 1970 to 2014. Of those who are declining, the average decline is 83 percent since 1970.

Even more concerning is that many species who are protected under Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA), which was enacted over a decade ago, are also declining and at a faster rate than they were before being protected.

The major threats†are unfortunately familiar: habitat loss, fragmentation, climate change, pollution, unsustainable harvest and invasive species. Together, these risks are having a widespread impact that’s cascading through ecosystems.

The report recommends a few measures we can take to protect wildlife, including expanding networks of protected areas, increasing research being done to see how climate change is impacting wildlife and improving the shortcomings of SARA. The main problems with SARA†include a lack of funding and serious delays in listing species. The report mentions that SARA should take a more ecosystem-based approach to protecting species who are listed.

ďThe closer we looked, the more we realized wildlife loss isnít some other countryís problem. Itís a Canadian problem. Itís a problem we can all work to solve together. Stopping wildlife loss in Canada will take commitment from individuals, industry, communities and all levels of government. People do have the power to make a difference by becoming citizen scientists, restoring habitat, embracing a low-carbon lifestyle and supporting the decisions that government, industry and communities need to make. By taking action we can, collectively, ensure more wildlife donít land on the at-risk list in the first place,” said David Miller, WWF-Canada president and CEO.

For more on the report, check out Living Planet Report Canada.

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