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Re: “Reindeer Games

If you've been "researching caribou and their habitat" then you must be aware that caribou are true wilderness animals that do not tolerate human pressures on their habitat at all well. Add roads, vehicles, and resorts to wilderness areas and the caribou move out or die out. Caribou also can't live close to whitetail deer because the deer carry a parasite that doesn't affect them but kills the caribou. There probably wouldn't be whitetails in current caribou habitat in the Selkirks and in former caribou habitat in Minnesota and Maine had it not been for poor forest management, again by humans--the caribou that used to occur in both states were gone by the mid 20th century. Also, "blaming the wolves" (aka the "apex predators") is easy (and incorrect), and it must feel good because it enables you to say goodbye to the caribou with a straight face while also condemning wolves and wolf reintroductions to boot--you get an anti-species freebie threefer without actually contributing anything useful to the discussion.

It's unfortunate amd incredibly selfish that our species invariably lives by excess, always taking instead of protecting the last of everything, the last tree, the last salmon, the last caribou. And we always justify it by using the "j" word (jobs), as though we'd create thousands of them in exchange for killing all the caribou that just get in the way of the snowmobiles. It's not as though we don't know better and it's also not as though we don't know how to protect and preserve other species. Long live the US caribou!


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Posted by Sierrafrogs on 12/21/2012 at 2:26 PM

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