An international panel of scientists is warning that the woodland caribou will soon be “on the road to extinction”

July 14, 2011- Source:  The Ottawa Citizen
An international panel of scientists is warning that the woodland caribou will soon be “on the road to extinction” without immediate efforts by federal and provincial agencies to protect the animal’s increasingly disturbed boreal habitat. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Alberta Premeier Ed Stelmach, the Canadian Boreal Initiative and Pew Environment Group—pushed for bolder conservation measures to prevent the caribou’s rapid decline. The caribou is threatened by industrial development and piecemeal protection efforts. It is  designated as “threatened” under Canada’s endangered species legislation. The need is for large-scale forest preservation rather than locale-to-locale mitigation measures. It is important to convene a national dialogue between federal, provincial, and aboriginal leaders to develop a collective plan of action before imprtant options are foreclose by poorly planned development.