The sites where these salamanders live
face many threats. Logging removes the
shade that helps maintain the moist
conditions they need. Land development
may also destroy their habitat. Many sites
are near highways and are at risk from
blasting and other road-building activities.
Their habitat is becoming fragmented –
removal of forest cover from areas
between salamander sites reduces or ends
the movements of salamanders between
sites and prevents them from moving to
Another problem for these salamanders
is that they like to hide under flat
stones near the water’s edge. If hikers or
horse riders walk on these stones, they can
crush the salamanders underneath.
The Coeur d’Alene Salamander has
been placed on the Red List in British
Columbia, mainly because there are so few
sites where it is found. The Committee on
the Status of Endangered Wildlife in
Canada (COSEWIC) has designated the
Coeur d’Alene Salamander as Vulnerable.
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. 1998. Coeur d'Alene Salamander. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Wildlife at Risk Factsheet
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: cosewic, species at risk, ecosystems at risk, sara, salamander, plethodon idahoensis
Scientific Name: Plethodon idahoensis
English Name: Coeur d''Alene Salamander
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