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Released on March 3, 1999

Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management Minister Lorne Scott

today announced the first designation of 15 plants and animals in new

regulations under the species-at-risk provisions of The Wildlife Act.

"These species represent the first priority for listing because they

are currently listed as extirpated (no longer exist in Saskatchewan),

endangered (threatened with immediate extirpation) or threatened

(likely to become endangered) by the Committee on the Status of

Endangered Wildlife in Canada," Scott said.

This action upholds the province's commitment to designate, protect

and recover wild species at risk. Recovery plans will be developed

and implemented for species on the list. Recovery plans will:

collect more information about a species using such methods as

research studies;

establish population goals and objectives;

identify factors limiting species population; and

prepare options to recover populations using habitat protection

and conservation strategies.

Recovery work is currently being done for five species: swift fox,

burrowing owl, whooping crane, piping plover and sage grouse.

The species at-risk designation means that these plants and animals

are protected from being: disturbed, collected, harvested, captured,

killed and exported.

These 15 plants and animals are being designated as

species-at-risk in response to recommendations made by an

independent scientific committee which conducted assessments on

these species. These proposed designations were reviewed by the

Endangered Species Advisory Committee, which was established

under The Wildlife Act. Ongoing scientific review continues on

additional species to assess their level of risk.

"This is a major step toward fulfilling Saskatchewan's commitment

to the Accord for the Protection of Species at Risk in Canada,

which was ratified by provinces, territories and the federal

government in September of 1998," Scott said.

The accord requires all jurisdictions to establish complementary

legislation and programs for the protection of species at risk in


The Endangered Species Committee includes representation from:

Nature Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Ducks

Unlimited, Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, Watchable

Wildlife Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool,

Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association, Saskatchewan Association

of Rural Municipalities, Saskatchewan Council of Forest

Industries, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and

Saskatchewan Mining Association.

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For more information contact:

Dave Brewster

Manager, Population Management

Fish and Wildlife Branch

Environment and Resource


Regina, Phone: (306) 787-9031

Earl Wiltse

Provincial Endangered Species


Fish and Wildlife Branch

Environment and Resource



Phone: (306) 787-2889

Species designated and listed in Regulations under The Wildlife Act

Common Name (Scientific Name)Status

Extirpated Animals

Plains Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos)

Black-Footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes)

Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Eskimo Curlew (Numenius borealis)

Endangered Animals

Swift Fox (Vulpes velox)

Burrowing Owl (Speotypo cunicularia)

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)

Whooping Crane (Grus americana)

Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus)

Extirpated Plants

Small White Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium candidum)

Endangered Plants

Sand Verbena (Abronia micrantha)Endangered

Western Spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis)

Tiny Cryptanthe (Cryptantha minima)

Hairy Prairie-Clover (Dalea villosa)

Threatened Plants

Slender Mouse-Ear Cress (Halimolobos virgata)

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