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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Early on Saturday, amid blowing snow and temperatures at minus 13 Fahrenheit, three caribou were blindfolded, earplugged and bundled into a helicopter on an island in Lake Superior. The animals, survivors of a herd that was decimated by wolves in recent years, were among nine animals relocated by the Ontario government last weekend in an attempt to save them from disappearing from around Lake Superior, where they once thrived. A team of pilots, veterinarians, research scientists and animal handlers moved eight cows and one bull from Michipicoten Island to the Slate Islands some 80 miles away, where the government hopes the animals will have a chance to repopulate.

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Michipicoten Island's caribou population has dropped from the hundreds to fewer than 40 animals since 2013, according to Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. In the winters from 2013 to 2015, packs of wolves crossed ice bridges from the mainland to the island, where they hunted caribou.

Historically, ice bridges would have formed almost every winter, giving both wolves and caribou freedom to move around, said Gordon Eason, a retired biologist who worked with the ministry for three decades. But because of global warming, he said, those bridges now form only occasionally, trapping the caribou on islands, together with their predators.

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Looks like this is a back burner story today.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2018-01-20 03:59 PM | Reply

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