The last sighting of the Western Pond Turtle (Actinemys marmorata), was in 1996 and the species now considered to be extirpated from British Columbia and thus Canada. It is therefore ranked SX (extirpated) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Red list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks the Western Pond Turtle as a priority 2 under goal 3 (maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems). It is protected from capture and killing, under the B.C. Wildlife Act.
This species was designated as Extirpated by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and is listed as Extirpated in Canada on Schedule 1 of the federal Species at Risk Act. Globally, the Western Pond Turtle is considered to be vulnerable. In its remaining range in the United States, the Western Pond Turtle is also considered to be vulnerable.
Recovery is considered not to be biologically and technically feasible in the next 5 years. Recovery potential maybe revisited if relict populations are discovered or recovery is deemed feasible using Washington source Western Pond Turtles once they are recovered or stable.
Ministry of Environment. 2012. Recovery Plan for the Western Pond Turtle. Ministry of Environment. BC Recovery Strategy (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Scientific Name: Actinemys marmorata
ISBN: ISBN 978-0-7726-6
English Name: Western Pond Turtle
Other Identifier: LC Call no. : QL666 C547 R42 2012
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