Canadian governments miss crucial deadline for caribou protection

National and international stakeholders call for immediate interim action to protect threatened boreal caribou.

Threatened boreal caribou in crisis across Canada

April 7, 2017 Winnipeg – A new report highlights the urgent need to protect Canada’s iconic boreal woodland caribou, a species listed as “threatened” under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) due to habitat loss. Representatives from the Wilderness Committee, which released the report, and other conservation groups are charging that the failure of federal, provincial and…

BC government urged to protect endangered caribou habitat

April 7, 2017 Vancouver – The federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, received a legal application for an emergency order to block clearcut logging in caribou habitat, outside BC’s Wells Gray Provincial Park north of Kamloops. The logging by Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor) was approved by the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands…

Logging and mining hurting moose populations in Manitoba

The Wilderness Committee is again calling the Manitoba government to account on plummeting moose populations, and encouraging them to fix the problem by addressing the root cause of the decline: industrial activity in our wildlands.

Ontario fails to protect threatened caribou

Toronto – Leading conservation organizations are concerned that the McGuinty government has placed woodland caribou and its own North American-leading species legislation at risk by exempting a swath of industries from accountability under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act (ESA).

CPAWS unveils Caribou Ninja

Ottawa – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is pushing the power of the Internet for not-for-profit organizations by unveiling a new video game on Youtube. Designed to spread awareness of woodland caribou threats and entertain, the game challenges players to become a Caribou Ninja as they’re matched up against caribou-seeking villains.

Alberta opens door to first new protected wilderness in a decade – CPAWS

Edmonton (CPAWS Northern Alberta) –   For the first time in 10 years, the Alberta government is giving the green light to creating new protected wilderness areas in the province — a move being welcomed by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). The region that will be affected is the Athabasca heartland, where oils sands…

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, […]

Caribou Under Threat

Woodland caribou represent Canada’s natural legacy, but their population is in steady decline due to expanding industrial development in the boreal forest.