Coun­try’s but­ter­fly, po­lar bear at risk

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Po­lar bears and the Cana­dian monarch but­ter­fly have been added to an in­ter­na­tional list of species and sub­species that are at risk of dis­ap­pear­ing en­tirely from the planet.

The list is part of a new re­port re­leased to­day at an in­ter­na­tional bio­di­ver­sity con­fer­ence in Ottawa.

The Na­tureServe Canada re­port, On Guard for Them, finds 517 species and sub­species found in Canada to be in jeop­ardy — some on the verge of ex­tinc­tion, oth­ers just re­cently classified as vul­ner­a­ble. Of those, 213 are found only in Canada, leav­ing this coun­try solely re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing them from be­ing wiped off the face of the earth.

The lat­est re­port in­cludes sub­species for the first time — in­clud­ing one par­tic­u­lar vari­ant of the monarch but­ter­fly — which is now ranked as vul­ner­a­ble. So is the po­lar bear, which was not on the 2005 list. The po­lar bear was also added to Canada’s na­tional species-at-risk list in 2008. PhiliP­Pines

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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