Recovery Strategies

Recovery Strategy and Action Plan for the Black-tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) in Canada

This document has been prepared to meet the requirements under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) of both a recovery strategy and an action plan. As such, it provides both the strategic direction for the recovery of the species as well as the more detailed recovery measures to support this strategic direction, outlining what is required to achieve the objectives. The population and distribution objective is to ensure, by 2040, at least 80% probability of persistence of the Canadian Black-tailed Prairie Dog population over 50 years (i.e., 2040-2090) within its known range in Canada, and maintain i) a minimum area of occupancy of 1,400 ha, measured as a moving average over a 6-year period, distributed across a minimum of 20 prairie dog colonies currently existing; and ii) a minimum average population density of 7.5 individuals/ha, measured as a moving average over a 6-year period across visual count plots.

Consultation period: 2021-04-12 to 2021-07-11


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Parks Canada
Conservation Programs Branch
Protected Areas Establishment and Conservation
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Gatineau, QC
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