In an online news.yahoo.com, carrying the time element 20 hours ago, Laura Zuckerman reported the sad fate of the Woodland Caribou or Wild Reindeer, that the species is on the verge of extinction. She said these animals can no longer be seen in the wilds of the lower 48 states, and that, according to her, the U.S. Wildlife Managers are asking public opinion on whether to reclassify them as “threatened, a downgrade from their current status of endangered.”
According to biologist Byron Holt of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are but 14 caribous left this year; last year there were 17 heads, said the same report. The dwindling population is blamed on activities such as logging and snowmobiling, as well as predation by wolves and mountain lions.
Be classified world heritage
Being a Filipino and a non-U.S. citizen, I believe I may not be involved in the call, but as a citizen of this world I am one and agree 100% that the remaining 14 caribou be classified “endangered” and be afforded best care and treatment as world heritage.
Top care for herd to multiply
This small number of herd of caribou that is now observed to inhabit parts of northern Idaho and northeastern Washington state in the remote Selkirk Mountains that straddle the U.S.-Canadian border must be given top care and attention to allow the species to replicate.
Logging, snowmobiling and threats from wolves and mountain lions must be checked or reduced to the minimum in conformity with Canada’s plan that the species be declared endangered. Conservation officers in the forefront must do their level best to prevent the species from going extinct. If we left them to the elements, predators and man-made problems, they’ll all die and never to be seen again. The world will lose another world heritage, if not given protection and surely die.
Restore lot alloted for caribou
In the same Zukerman report, it is stated that a U.S. judge in Idaho has found an agency that has violated a federal law in 2012 when it cut the amount of public land designated as critical reindeer habitat without sufficient public notice and input. My reaction to this is for the erring agency to give back the piece of land allotted for the purpose. What happened if wild animals are cramped into a small area? Where will they forage food for nourishment?
On how to save the remaining caribou from extinction, Holt said the remaining species can be saved, but it may require measures such as killing wolves. Endangered species director for Biological Diversity Noah Greewald disagreed. “The highest priority is augmenting the herd with more animals and protecting their habitat from snowmobiles,” he said. I beg to disagree with biologist Byron Holt, but take the side of Endangered Species Director Noah Greeward on this issue.
New World Encyclopedia: Caribou are wild reindeer in North America. They are an Arctic and Subarctic-dwelling deer similar to the elk and characterized by being the only deer in which both males and females have antlers.
Graduated BSEic teaching course; Teach public schools elementary grades 1964-1974; Municipal Local Government Operations Officers IV, DILG, Oct. 4, 1974- jan, 1, 2002 (retired); Writing online 2003 to present.