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Opinion: Adding clarity to national coverage of caribou recovery – kamloopsmatters

As a former resident and mayor of Chetwynd, and someone who has worked with West Moberly First Nation on developing community-to-community agreements, obtaining a joint community forest tenure, and one who has sat across the table in consultations for both the forestry and energy industry for more than 20 years, I would like to add a bit more clarity around Maclean’s latest article, dated April 29, and titled ‘Caribou, wolves and the battle tearing apart northeastern B.C.’

B.C.’s caribou herds have declined and continue to do so, but not necessarily for the reasons pointed out — industry and climate change. B.C.’s largest caribou herds live further north in areas with no industry, no habitat destruction, and, by and large, in protected and park areas. They too suffer the same types of declines.

Three herds in the west Chilcotin of B.C. also are suffering the same fate, without the benefit of industrial development. As for climate change being responsible, that is clearly debateable. One of Canada’s largest caribou herds (at least currently), the Porcupine herd of northern Yukon/Eastern Alaska, is at all time highs, while many of the caribou in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Northern Quebec are at their lows.

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