At Risk of Extinction

Caribou numbers in Canada are dropping drastically — and quickly — leaving the iconic land mammal on the brink of extinction

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Caribou, like this one in the Northwest Territories, are increasingly threatened across the country. (Photo: Alex Elliott/Can Geo Photo Club)

Caribou are a symbol of Canada’s North, highly adapted to living for months in ice and snow. But not all caribou are alike.

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Map: Chris Brackley/Can Geo

The question facing caribou and the North is ‘are we willing to change our approaches and adopt new paradigms or will we just continue with the destructive status quo?’

The fate of caribou is about more than a single species. In many ways, the fate of caribou also represents the fate of Canada’s North.

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