|Nicknamed ‘grey ghosts’ for their shy, elusive nature, Boreal Woodland Caribou can’t elude encrouching industrial activity that’s destroying its habitat.|
Back in August, the federal government released a proposed a recovery strategy to boost the Boreal Woodland Caribou’s numbers. The Caribou is threatened by industrial activities that have caused some herds to be critically endangered – and the rest are under increasing pressure.
While it’s an important step in the right direction, we need a strong strategy to ensure a return to vibrant Boreal Woodland Caribou populations across the country — and this plan isn’t it.
The recovery strategy is available online and the public can comment until October 25. You can visit the Species at Risk Public Registry’s web site to post your comments, or go our site to send a letter asking Environment Minister Peter Kent to take these measures:
1. Strengthen the goal
The proposed strategy allows a 40% chance that herds will continue to decline – this is an unacceptably weak threshold. Make it a strategy for recovery, not continued decline.
2. Protect more habitat
The proposal would keep, at most, only 65% of the caribou’s range intact, and as little as 5%. Much more than 65% of habitat needs to remain intact for self-sustaining caribou populations to thrive.
3. Don’t kill wolves instead of protecting caribou.
Indefinite killing of wolves, moose, and deer is not an acceptable alternative to protecting caribou habitat. This is not a sustainable solution – protecting intact habitat is the solution.
I strongly encourage you to speak up on behalf of the Boreal Woodland Caribou and ensure stronger measures are taken to protect this iconic species.