The Selkirk Mountain Caribou desperately need your help today.
Action Alert ~ Protecting Habitat
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May we not follow in the footsteps of Canada (removing two wolf packs to give caribou a break). USFWS slashed protected habitat for the beleaguered caribou from a proposed 375,562 acres to a mere 30,010 acres.
The federal court found that the agency (USFWS) had not given the public sufficient opportunity to comment on the final designation.
*Comments Due Apr 23 2015, at 11:59 PM ET
*STAND UP FOR AMERICAN CARIBOU*
The lower 48's only population of caribou is now at risk of forever disappearing due to small size and weak habitat protections from, among other things, increased snowmobile-use in their home. As a result, fewer than 20 caribou remain below Canada.
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Please maintain protections for mountain caribou as an endangered species.
Of great concern is the revised geographic area of occupied habitat, using Canada's habitat designation as a justification to drastically reduce the designated habitat in the United States to only 30,010 acres. The significantly reduced area will not allow for full recovery of the species in the United States.
The Fish and Wildlife decision to slash critical habitat threatens to undermine habitat protections called for in the species' federal recovery plan, which identified the area needed for recovery as being somewhat larger than the proposed 375,000 acre designation.
Acknowledging that the caribou are occupying more land in Canada is one thing, but depending on protected Canadian lands as a basis for overhauling the amount of occupied habitat proposed for designation in the U.S. is another.
Along with Canadian wildlife officials, I ask that you maintain the caribou's status as endangered rather than threatened. I also ask that you move swiftly to develop a program for augmenting the Selkirk herd with animals from other southern mountain caribou herds. Such a program is necessary to forestall the extinction of caribou in the lower 48 and ensure their recovery.
This is one step out of many that are needed to stop the decline of this small caribou herd that likely once numbered in the hundreds.
With adequate protection from the impacts of off-trail snowmobiling (snowmobiles scare the docile animals, change migration patterns, and also create compacted trails that give predators easy access to prime caribou habitat) as well as other threats, caribou numbers can once again be given a chance for recovery in the United States.
I urge you to revert back to the initially proposed designation of approximately 375,000 acres. Without sufficient protected habitat, there will be no recovery.
Thankyou for your time and consideration of this extremely important matter.