Moose added to endangered list
The mainland moose, a symbol of Canada and its wilderness, has been added to a list of species that are in danger of becoming extinct in the province.
The number of moose has dropped dramatically over two centuries, and now there are only about 1,000 left in small pockets around mainland Nova Scotia.
- Canadian Wildlife Service -
It's now found in only one site in the province, a decrease from more than 40 known sites in the 1980s. The lichen was included in the federal government's list of endangered species in 2002.
Two other species in Nova Scotia are now listed as threatened: the tubercled spike rush plant and the Eastern ribbon snake.
The tubercled spike rush is a species of Atlantic coastal plains plant, which is only found in Canada on the shores of five lakes in the province.
The Eastern ribbon snake, a semi-aquatic snake confined to the southwest part of the province, is losing its habitat due to shoreline development.
The four species will be protected under the province's Endangered Species Act. People face fines if they're caught harming threatened or endangered species or their habitat.
- Natural Resources Department -