Help Win More Protections for Mountain Caribou
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting comments on proposed critical habitat for mountain caribou; this is our opportunity to win the animals their best chance to reclaim their former homelands.
With giant, snowshoe-like hooves, caribou are uniquely adapted to the deep snows of the northern Rocky Mountains. During the winter months they feed only on arboreal lichens found on old-growth cedar and hemlock trees.
These beautiful animals have been thinned and marginalized by a combination of logging, poaching, road construction and the growing intrusion of snowmobiles into their high-elevation habitats.
Today the southern Selkirk herd, which straddles the U.S.-Canada border, contains just 46 animals. Critical habitat will help protect these caribou and ensure their survival in the lower 48.
Please write to tell the Service you support designating this critical habitat and expanding it beyond the 375,000 proposed acres.