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What the swift collapse of some Labrador caribou can tell us about endangered species – CBC

by pmnationtalk on February 12, 201881 Views

Lessons to be learned about endangered species from what happened near Rigolet

Feb 12, 2018

Everyone in Rigolet knew the caribou were out there on George’s Island, and they knew what was going to happen.

The group of 40 or 50 animals from the Mealy Mountain herd trekked out over the ice some time in the early 2000s. They were first surveyed in 2005.

It was a golden opportunity: the Mealy Mountain herd was declared a threatened species in 2002, and they had no natural predators on George’s Island.

Researchers were thrilled to collar a handful of animals. It was a chance to study the creatures in depth: a naturally occurring microcosm safe from the perils on mainland Labrador.

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