Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Less reindeer cause for concern in Canadian north

Largest herd down from 27,000 to 8,000
Reindeer, also known as caribou, play an integral role in the lives of the Inuit.
(Photo credit: Nature Lovers Canada) 
Vatican Radio aired a segment that would make Rudolph, Donner, and Blitzen wince. The reindeer, a beloved symbol of Christmas associated with helping St. Nick deliver his presents around the world, is becoming a rarer sight in the Canadian north.
Reports show that an iconic reindeer herd, once the largest in the world, has shrunk to a fraction of its former size. A federal government survey shows that the George River Herd, that once numbered over 27,000, now numbers only 8,000. 
This dramatic decline has left local indigenous people fearful for its survival.
Survival International, an independent organization, has issued a report explaining that one of the major factors causing the reindeer's decline is mining and mineral exploration. 

Read the full article here.

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