The Townsends Mole (Scapanus townsendii) was designated as Endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). There are only about 450 mature individuals in a single British Columbian (B.C.) population with a range of 13 km2 adjacent to a small area of occupied habitat in the United States. Threats to the population include trapping by pest-control companies and property owners. The habitat continues to be degraded through fragmentation and urbanization. No surveys have been completed since the 2003 COSEWIC status report; therefore it is unknown whether the population has also declined since that time. It is uncertain whether immigration across the international border may rescue the B.C. population. The Townsends Mole is listed as Endangered in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). In B.C., the Townsends Mole is ranked S1 (critically imperiled) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Red list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks the Townsends Mole as a priority1 under goal 3 (maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems). It is protected from capture and killing, under the B.C. Wildlife Act. Recovery is considered to be biologically and technically feasible.
The recovery (population and distribution) goals are (1) to maintain the abundance of Townsends Mole at all known extant occurrences, and any new locations within its range in B.C., and (2) to prevent the isolation of the B.C. population by maintaining connectivity with source populations in the United States...
B.C Ministry of Environment. 2014. Recovery Plan for the Townsends Mole (Scapanus townsendii) in British Columbia. Province of B.C.
Topic: Recovery Planning
Scientific Name: Scapanus townsendii
English Name: Townsend's Mole
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