Protect America's last mountain caribou
In a move that appears to turn its back on one of our country's most endangered large land animals, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is indulging a snowmobile-industry petition to drop the remaining US animals from Endangered Species Act protections. Mountain caribou are the one of the most endangered large mammals in North America. The Service is also reviewing a petition to remove the caribou from protection under the Endangered Species Act filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of two Idaho snowmobiling associations.
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Take action for caribou
In a move that appears to turn its back on one of our country's most endangered large land animals, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is indulging a snowmobile-industry petition to drop the remaining US animals from Endangered Species Act protections.
Delisting the South Selkirk Mountains caribou population is unwarranted and scientifically indefensible. The future of the southernmost caribou on earth is dependent on these federal protections and connected high elevation old-growth forests on both sides of the US/Canada border.
The government is still accepting comments about the proposed caribou delisting. Visit our action center and we'll make sure they get your message. Tell them you support keeping the South Selkirk Mountains herd of mountain caribou listed endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and their vital habitat well protected. You can use the letter below or include some of its talking points below in your comments.
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Mountain caribou protections
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Sample letter for your comments
To whom it may concern:
I strongly support continuing to protect woodland (mountain) caribou as a distinct population in the northern Rocky Mountains and southern British Columbia.
According to the Canadian government’s recent finding—using the same criteria as the Fish and Wildlife Service—mountain caribou qualify as a distinct population segment, and therefore need to remain protected under the Endangered Species Act as such.
“This group of caribou differs markedly from other caribou as they have persisted in an ecological setting unique to the species that has given rise to local adaptations. Continued loss of these most southerly populations of caribou would result in an extreme northward contraction of the species range, and the certain disappearance of caribou in adjacent Idaho.” ~ Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).
Mountain caribou are declining across their range; every herd in every area is significant.
Mountain caribou have declined because their habitat has been fragmented and degraded by human activity. They are slow to reproduce and likely will take decades to reach more stable numbers. Yet, despite the herd’s small size (fewer than 50 animals), isolation, and the southern-most extent of their habitat, the South Selkirks herd has been one of the most stable of mountain caribou herds. Keeping protections in place will continue to support their slow recovery.
This herd, and the entire mountain caribou distinct population, depends on protection and habitat on both sides of the US/Canada border. Thank you for retaining Endangered Species Act protections for this vital animal.
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