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Government proposes new strategy to save woodland caribou


Studies suggest there are less than 200 woodland caribou living in the wild
Studies suggest there are less than 200 woodland caribou living in the wild

Staff writers

October 6, 2012 — The federal government has promised to work harder to maintain the habitat of the woodland caribou.

In a document released by Environment Canada, the federal government has announced it will work harder to preserve the habitat of Canada's woodland caribou.

According to the document, the animals should be living in an environment that is 65% undisturbed. Currently, more than 80% of the caribou in Alberta's oilsands region have been disturbed by industry.

Thirty-seven of the country's caribou herds are in decline. Fourteen are said to be "self-sufficient", but data suggests that the animals are "unlikely" to thrive without intervention.

The caribou population has fallen by three-quarters in the past decade.

Studies suggest there are less than 200 animals living in the wild.

With files from the Canadian Press


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