NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: T2 - Imperiled
Reasons: Small breeding range in alpine zone of Wallowa Mountains, northeastern Oregon; population size is uncertain, but subspecies is regarded as locally uncommon in breeding range; trend is uncertain but probably relatively stable; primary threat appears to be potential reduction of suitable alpine breeding habitat as a result of climate change.
Other Considerations: Oregon Biodiversity Information Center (2010) included this subspecies in their "List 1," which "contains taxa that are threatened with extinction or presumed to be extinct throughout their entire range." No specific reason for this designation was mentioned. In contrast, the subspecies is not listed as endangered, threatened, or sensitive by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife..