Study finds logging endangers BC caribou herds

Some British Columbia caribou herds have dwindled to just a few individuals. Credit: Ian Mackenzie

A recent study says poor governmental coordination in Canada is resulting in a failure to protect endangered caribou (Rangifer tarandus). The study published in Conservation Science and Practice found that more than a dozen herds were in imminent danger of disappearing, with some down to just a handful of animals. “It is dire,” lead author Eric Palm, of the University of Montana, told the CBC. The researchers found the British Columbia government had permitted logging on more than 900 square kilometers of critical caribou habitat, putting the herds at risk.

Read more from the CBC, and read the study here.