The caribou of northern Idaho's Selkirk Mountains are truly creatures of winter. With dinner-plate-sized hooves for snow-trekking and an ability to survive for months on little but lichens, it seems as if nothing could faze these animals.
But despite their adaptive traits, the lower 48's only population of caribou is now at risk of forever disappearing due to small size and weak habitat protections from, among other things, increased snowmobile-use in their home. As a result, fewer than 20 caribou still walk the U.S. side of the international line.
This would be cause for despair, but we know what Idaho's caribou need to rebound: continued recognition as an endangered species, added numbers from nearby herds, and protected habitat they can call home.
March 28, 2015 Action Alert ID# 200
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