Taxa extirpated from British Columbia, and those not recorded in the province in 50+ years. Project

Species currently or formerly considered 'extirpated' by various authorities but have been rediscovered in the province:





  • Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) (extirpated 1930; reintroduced 1969)
  • Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) (extirpated 1979; reintroduced 1983)
  • Floating Marsh Pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) - Extirpated 1939, unintentional reintroduction via horticulture outside of original range
  • Bluehead Gilia (Gilia capitata) - Extirpated 1981, unintentional reintroduction via horticulture outside of original range
  • Agastache foeniculum -- Unlikely it ever occured in the province naturally, recently has naturalized from urban gardens.

Extirpated Populations:

Extirpated Exotics: Successfully breeding introduced species, present for 10+ years, that are since extirpated.

  • Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) - Haida Gwaii 1918 - late 1940s [Source]
  • Mountain Quail (Oreortyx pictus) - Vancouver Island ~1860s - ~1980
  • Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) - Okanagan Valley 1900-1948 [Source]
  • Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus) - Vancouver 1890s - 2003
  • Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) - 1911 - ? [Source]
  • Tomato Looper (Chrysodeixis chalcites) - ? - ? [Source]
  • Potato Tuber Moth (Phthorimaea operculella) ? - ? (pest in 1950s-60s) [Source]
  • Eastern Oyster Drill (Urosalpinx cinerea) - 1906 - ? (1990s?)
  • Oval-leaved Milkweed (Asclepias ovalifolia)

Going, Gone, and Missing in Action: The Extinct, Extirpated, and Historic Wildlife of British Columbia

Extinct and Extirpated Species in British Columbia

Rich Wildlife Poor Protection - The urgent need for strong legal protection of British Columbia's Biodiversity - Appendix 4 (P. 32, 40/47 of pdf) - British Columbia’s Casualty List; Extirpated and Extinct Species list

Taxon-specific links: Silver Hair Moss, Greater Sage-Grouse, White-tailed Jackrabbit, Oregon Vesper Sparrow, Streaked Horned Lark, Western Pond Turtle, Puget Oregonian, Ericameria bloomeri, Columbia Dune Moth, Morrison's Bumble Bee,

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