As images of reindeer and snowy evergreens appear as part of our seasonal celebrations, it’s time to care for the reindeer cousins right here in Manitoba – the woodland caribou.
Of the 15 caribou ranges in Manitoba, the Owl-Flintstone range around Nopiming Provincial Park is the most at risk. The Wilderness Committee has proposed a new protected area adjacent to Nopiming Provincial Park, called the Nopiming-Owl Lake Caribou Protected Area, based upon the habitat area and proposal identified in the government’s 2011 Manitoba Draft Action Plan for this caribou range.
There have been many strategy documents published by governments over the last few years, but little on-the-ground action. All the strategies say the same thing: these shy forest icons need large tracts of undisturbed forest to thrive. So let’s give it to them!
You can help by taking this simple step right now: write a letter and tell the Manitoba government to give the Owl-Flintstone caribou the gift of a protected winter home, just like they called for in 2011.
Photo: Caribou (Jakob Dulisse).