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Caribou mascot to visit Toronto Green Living Show, April 25th


Toronto - Deeply concerned about the slow progress in protecting his Boreal forest home, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is bringing a large furry mascot, known as Caribouman, to Toronto\'s Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place on April 25th to ask Ontarians to help save his home.

At 6 feet 6 inches tall with antlers towering above his endearing head, this clumsy guy has already lost half of his original Canadian forest homeland. He\'ll be urging people to help save Canada\'s threatened Boreal Woodland caribou by signing a petition directed at the federal government to meet its obligations under the Species at Risk Act.

"We\'re asking the federal environment minister to use his power under the Species at Risk Act to map and save woodland caribou\'s Boreal forest habitat, while there is still time, " says Aran O\'Carroll, CPAWS National Conservation Manager.

"In Ontario, our goal is to stop woodland caribou range from receding further north. CPAWS Wildlands League is working with other organizations on a conservation plan to stabilize caribou range in northeastern Ontario. We want to protect caribou habitat in the Boreal through land use planning for areas that are still intact. So it is very important to us that the federal government issues a map of critical caribou habitat that will guide this work," says Janet Sumner, CPAWS-Wildlands Chapter Executive Director.

"Woodland caribou are very shy and extremely sensitive. They live in the carbon-rich Boreal forest. Industrial development activities in their home disturb the balance of Boreal predators and prey and worsen climate change," adds O\'Carroll. 

The federal Commissioner on Environment and Sustainable Development recently criticized the Minister and Environment Canada for a failure to meet the statutory timelines for species at risk recovery planning and a failure to identify critical habitats.

To find out more about Caribouman\'s travels, the plight of the woodland caribou and their carbon-rich Boreal forest home and efforts to save them, visit www.caribouandyou.ca

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Contact:
Jill Sturdy, cell (613) 276-7226
On Ontario\'s caribou recovery strategy, call Janet Sumner, cell (416) 579-7370
On federal recovery efforts, call Aran O\'Carroll, CPAWS National Manager, (613) 569 7226 x 231