Woodland Caribou are under serious threat due to habitat loss and expanding industrial development in their traditional range.
The Woodland caribou was once found nearly everywhere there were forests in northern North America. But over the past 100 years, their habitat has shrunk dramatically. Today, Woodland caribou are mostly confined to Canada's northern Boreal Forest.
The iconic woodland caribou acts as an “indicator species” for wilderness areas. There are very sensitive to disturbance, and thrive in intact forests. When Woodland caribou populations are healthy, chances are other species in the area are healthy too.
Woodland Caribou are listed under the Federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). All species listed require a National Recovery Strategy. In mid 2011, the federal government released a draft recovery strategy for Woodland Caribou. CPAWS acknowledges the progress made on the part of the national government but encourages strong, science-backed commitments to ensuring that all woodland caribou populations will not only survive, but thrive, in intact boreal ecosystems.
CPAWS Saskatchewan is part of the Provincial Caribou Recovery management team. We are also contributing input to the Provincial Ministry of Environment Plan for Woodland Caribou via the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.
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