At the end of 2015 it was believed that less than 14 mountain caribou remained in the critically endangered South Selkirk Mountains caribou herd. That estimate has been updated to as few as 12 animals as of mid-2016. Red-listed in Canada and protected throughout the U.S. as an endangered species, mountain caribou are still nearing extinction.
Despite all of this, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing these caribou be downgraded to "Threatened" status.
At the request of the Idaho State Snowmobile Association and other groups, the agency is arguing that these caribou are connected to a larger population in Canada and don’t require the Endangered listing. This is completely contrary to a considerable body of science generated over the past three decades!To Christy Clark, Premier Of British Columbia And Butch Otter, Governor Of Idaho:
We need these politicians to act before it's too late! The only hope these beautiful animals have is if both British Columbia and Idaho offer the caribou protection from snowmobiles, propose a plan to rehabilitate the caribou population, and ensure the mountain caribou retain an "Endangered" listing under the ESA.
Every signature counts. Sign the petition now and let these politicians know that this issue needs to be taken seriously!