COSEWIC wildlife species assessment: status categories

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Table 5. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) status categories

Extinct (X)
A wildlife species that no longer exists.
Extirpated (XT)
A wildlife species that no longer exists in the wild in Canada, but exists elsewhere.
Endangered (E)
A wildlife species facing imminent extirpation or extinction.
Threatened (T)
A wildlife species that is likely to become an endangered if nothing is done to reverse the factors leading to its extirpation or extinction.
Special Concern (SC)
A wildlife species that may become threatened or endangered because of a combination of biological characteristics and identified threats.
Data Deficient (DD)
A category that applies when the available information is insufficient (a) to resolve a wildlife species' eligibility for assessment or (b) to permit an assessment of the wildlife species' risk of extinction.
Not At Risk (NAR)
A wildlife species that has been evaluated and found to be not at risk of extinction given the current circumstances.
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