PROTECTION STATUS: Warranted but precluded
RANGE: Subarctic and arctic tundra of northern Alaska, Canada, and Eurasia in the summer; wintering occurs along the coast from British Columbia to Baja, around Scandinavia, and along the Pacific coast of Siberia
THREATS: Oil and gas development, oil spills and other contaminants, reduction of prey base from overfishing, predation of eggs and chicks, hunting, incidental bycatch, and global warming
POPULATION TREND: Worldwide or continental trends are difficult to determine. As of 2002, an estimated 8,000 yellow-billed loons resided in Canada, an additional 5,000 individuals were thought to occur in Russia, and approximately 4,000 individuals were living in Alaska.