As the 10th anniversary of the federal Species At Risk Act approaches, dozens of animals and plants have been added to the list considered at-risk.
The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada has released a report card on species at risk, with a subtle reminder the protections offered under the act do work -- when they're actually applied.
"It's actually implementing those plans that's the problem. There's no legislative requirement to actually do anything in the end," said Eric Taylor, a professor of zoology at the University of British Columbia and one of dozens of committee members who met last week to review the status of 42 species.
The process takes time and money, he said, and then falls victim to government "stalling."
"This is what people have to realize, as well, that it's not cheap to do this process, and to have the government do nothing about it is not only hurting the animals, but taxpayers are not getting good value for money."
The report released Monday adds a dozen species to the endangered list, including the Massasauga rattle snake found on the Georgian Bay Islands.
The committee issued a dire warning about three bat species in Eastern Canada that have declined 90 per cent in just two years due to a deadly fungal disease.
"It's very dire in Eastern Canada," said Graham Forbes, director of the New Brunswick Co-operative Fish and Wildlife Research Centre and a professor at the University of New Brunswick. "There's virtually no bats left." More....