The General Status of Alberta Wild Species is a report that gives a broad overview of the well-being of each vertebrate wildlife species in the province.
The general status of Alberta’s fish and wildlife is reviewed and updated every five years, using the most recent knowledge and research results available.
In the general status exercise, information about population size, distribution trends and threats are analyzed. The exercise helps wildlife biologists understand
when a species might be vulnerable and in need of intensified management to prevent future decline.
General Status Ranks
General status ranks are used by government departments and non-government organizations to set priorities for conservation and to alert industry to species that
require special consideration when making land-use decisions.
In the General Status of Alberta Wild Species, each vertebrate species is given one of the following rankings:
- At risk
- May be at Risk
- Not assessed
- Extirpated/ extinct
When the information about a species in the General Status of Alberta Wild Species exercise indicates that a species may be at risk, that species becomes the focus
of a detailed status assessment, which includes the development of a detailed status report.
The determination of general status ranks also occurs in all the provinces and territories of Canada in a similar exercise reported at:
In that exercise, ranks are generated for many other species groups in addition to the vertebrates. Provincial and territorial ranks are incorporated into a national status rank, which is used to set priorities for detailed status assessment at the national level.
Search Wild Species Status
To search Alberta’s wild species general status database (includes 2010, 2005 and 2000 status results):
For past General Status Reports, see
To see how the status of Alberta species compares with those in other provinces, see the national species general status ranks at: