Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies

World Population & Range

For many species and subspecies that occur in British Columbia, large portions of the world's population or range may occur during the breeding, wintering or migration periods. British Columbia thus has significant global responsibility for these species. For example, about one half of Canada's grizzly bears - about 10,000 to 13,000 - are found in British Columbia. British Columbia is also home to most of the world population of Mountain Caribou (about 98 %) and Mountain Goat (about 60 %). Approximately 88 % of the world's breeding population of Ancient Murrelet occurs in British Columbia.

We define significant global responsibility to occur when 33 % or more of the population or range of a species or subspecies occurs in British Columbia at a particular time of year.

To see a working list of species that have significant world populations residing in British Columbia click here