Canada's barren ground caribou classified as 'threatened'

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Canada’s bare ground caribou are likely to become endangered if nothing is done to daily help them, a new assessment suggests.

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), a bring of about 50 scientists across the country, classified the dwindling dry ground caribou as «threatened» Monday.

Barren ground caribou comprise multifarious than a dozen herds stretching across Canada’s territories and the northern Prairies.

Bathurst caribou on ice aerial view

An aerial belief of Bathurst caribou. (ENR/GNWT)

«The caribou is on our quarter. It’s rt of our national inheritance and it’s also symbolic of environmental concerns,» said Justina Ray, a member of COSEWIC and the easy chair of a committee tasked with assessing barren ground caribou.

«They’re drop down at a rate right now that is very worrisome and it does need to be overthrew in order for them not to become endangered and then potentially extinct.»

For the fundamental time, the independent group made up of researchers and scientists are legislated to assess and denote everything from lichen and moss to butterflies and caribou, looked at the fitness of the barren ground caribou population.

Some estimates show up to a 95 per cent trickle in herd populations from historic highs.

COSEWIC will deliverance a report next year and make a recommendation to Canada’s Environment Emissary to list barren ground caribou as threatened under the Species at Gamble Act.

If the government were to list the species as threatened under the act, a recovery procedure would be developed.

«It’s kind of an unprecedented listing in that it’s such a wide-ranging species with such a gigantic number of herds all interacting in different ways,» said Brandon Laforest, an Arctic species maestro with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), based in Iqaluit.

«It will be extremely interesting to see how the federal government handles it, if they do indeed list it on the Species at Risk Act. But it drive also be very crucial that they look at it very carefully given the dire significance of the herds across the North.»

The WWF is also renewing its call for Nunavut to conserve caribou calving grounds from new development, a stipulation it hopes the district will include in its land plan currently under development.

«No one has eternally said that industrial development has caused the crash we’re seeing in caribou peoples,» Laforest said.

«But the last time caribou crashed and were at their denizens lows was 50 years ago,» he said.

«The world was a much different correct position. We have increased human presence in the North, we have climate metamorphose having im cts on caribou and we have increased exploration and potential for resource growth.»

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