The Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas; syn. Bufo boreas) is listed as Special Concern in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) due to population declines in the Georgia Depression and south-coastal British Columbia. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recognizes two populations for this species: the Calling and Non-calling populations. Both these units were designated as Special Concern by COSEWIC in November 2012.
In B.C., the Western Toad is ranked S3S4 (special concern, vulnerable to extirpation or extinction to apparently secure) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Yellow list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks the Western Toad as a priority 2 under goal 2 (Prevent species and ecosystems from becoming at risk) and as a priority 3 under goal 1 (Contribute to global efforts for species and ecosystem conservation). This management plan includes all Western Toads in B.C. (i.e., both the Calling and Non-calling populations)....
High and moderate impact threats to the species in B.C. include urban development, road mortality, livestock impacts on wetlands, forestry practices, oil and gas developments, invasive species, disease epidemics (chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), and climate change.
The management goal is to maintain self-sustaining populations of the Western Toad distributed throughout the species present range in B.C. ...
Provincial Western Toad Working Group. 2014. Management Plan for the Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas) in British Columbia. Province of B.C., Ministry of Environment. Management Plan (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Scientific Name: Anaxyrus boreas
English Name: Western Toad
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