Saving the endangered caribou
Caribou have been a crucial food source for Canada’s northern indigenous people from time immemorial. But their population is dwindling at an alarming rate, in no small part because of improved hunting equipment — including snowmobiles — as well as exploration work
for oil and gas reserves and arctic diamond mines. And now, the slow, relentless escalation of global warming is taking its toll.
It is global warming that is threatening a caribou herd known as the Peary caribou, which inhabit the islands of the High Arctic at the southern end of Ellesmere Island.
- On Our Radar: Shrinking Caribou Herds (green.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Caribou concerns arise at Winnipeg workshop (cbc.ca)
- Wild caribou ‘at threat from oil companies’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- A Troubling Decline in the Caribou Herds of the Arctic (e360.yale.edu)
- Biodiversity 100: actions for the Americas (guardian.co.uk)