Currently, caribou habitat is protected in northern Idaho and northeastern Washington. But these rare animals used to roam across the Upper Midwest and Northeast. Logging, poaching and construction have reduced their range so drastically, that now, their last stronghold in the lower 48 is the Northern Rocky Mountains.
Caribou are a critical part of our natural heritage, but they're hanging by a thread in the contiguous United States. We need to protect them while we still can.
In response to work by the Center for Biological Diversity and our partners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed more than 375,000 acres of protected critical habitat for mountain caribou in northern Idaho and northeastern Washington -- a victory for these rare alpine animals, but not a complete one.
Caribou once ranged across the upper Midwest and Northeast, but the northern Rocky Mountains are now their last stronghold in the contiguous United States. In order to save them, the proposed protected habitat should be expanded to also include areas where the caribou formerly ranged.
These beautiful animals have been thinned and marginalized by a combination of logging, poaching, road construction and the growing intrusion of snowmobiles into their high-elevation habitats.
Please take action today by voicing your support to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for protecting more of the caribou’s last habitat in the lower 48.