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Recovery Strategy for the Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) (Great Lakes Population) in Canada (Proposed)

5. Conservation Approach

Recovery of the Great Lakes population of the Tiger Salamander in Canada is considered "not feasible", or recommended, at this time, and will not be pursued. Only one individual has ever been accepted as found in Canada, and the origin and purity of that specimen remains in question. As such, convincing evidence that there was ever a population, or individuals capable of reproduction, in this country is lacking. In the event that new information is brought to light that would alter this conclusion, this conservation approach will be reassessed.

It is, however, considered appropriate to attempt to confirm any newly reported observation of a Tiger Salamander in southwestern Ontario. In addition, surveyors conducting field investigations for other species in the presumed historic range should be made aware of the status of the Great Lakes population of the Tiger Salamander. They should be requested to record and report the details of any incidental observation appearing to be this species in a timely fashion as well as to obtain a tail clip for DNA analysis, if possible. Lastly, to rule out the possibility that the 1972 Pelee Island specimen from Stone Road in C. A. Campbell's private collection is different from the Blue-spotted/Small-mouthed Salamander hybrids analyzed from the same collection site since that time, it is recommended that C. A. Campbell's specimen be genetically tested, if permission can be obtained, to confirm its genetic identity.