Larus ridibundus is not globally threatened, with a population approximated at two million pairs or perhaps more. As many as 1,500,000 to 1,800,000 have been estimated in Western Europe alone. From 1950 to 1980, this species underwent an impressive increase in numbers and subsequent increase in distribution (Howard and Moore, 1991).
US Migratory Bird Act: protected
US Federal List: no special status
CITES: no special status
State of Michigan List: no special status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: least concern