By Gage Simpson, Owner Of New Frontier News
Monday, November 5, 2018
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS)- The six remaining Mountain Caribou in the United States will soon be relocated to Canada in an attempt to protect the dwindling species.
Since 1983, Mountain Caribou have been an endangered species and there were some attempts to raise the population by the Kalispel Tribe in Washington state but this failed and the population has remained low.
Known as Grey Ghosts, due to them being rarely seen, began to decline in 2009.
The population of the South Selkirk herd that year was 46, but as wolves made their way into the Idaho and Washington area the population slowly dropped until there were only 6 left in the wild in Washington.
“This is what extinction looks like, and it must be a wake-up call for wildlife and habitat managers in both Canada and the United States,” said Joe Scott, international programs director for Conservation Northwest.
It “marks the tragic end of an era,” he said.
While predation was a major factor in the caribou’s decline, snowmobiling and logging also contributed to the animals’ decline.
The Canadian government plans to take the South Selkirk herd to a pen north of Revelstoke, British Columbia where they will be bred and hopefully be able to be released into the wild with the rest of the 1,400 mountain caribou still in the wild.
The hope is that if the breeding program in Canada is a success that the population will eventually spill back into the United States.
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