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Alberta’s Species-at-Risk: Yellow-bellied Racer

April 1, 2015

Wild Lands Advocate article, April 2015, by Nigel Douglas

When is an endangered species not an endangered species?  A snake called the yellow-bellied racer is so rare in Alberta – you could count the number of confirmed records on the fingers of two hands – that in the past it has fallen between the cracks of provincial endangered species protection. A search for the yellow-bellied racer on the website for Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) did not even acknowledge that the species occurs in Alberta. It currently has no official status – endangered, threatened or secure for example – in the province.

We have spectacular wilderness in Alberta, much of it under some form of protection. Every square millimetre of it has had to be fought for - will always have to be fought for, forever and ever. The struggle to retain and repair wilderness is conducted not just by a few individuals, but by large numbers of committed people, from all walks of life, all working in various ways toward the same end. We need to be grateful to all of them.
- Dave Mayhood
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