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“Reindeer” in decline—National Geographic talks to CPAWS about Woodland caribou

National Geographic filmmaker Aaron Goodman recently joined CPAWS Northern Alberta\'s Helene Walsh for a flyover of a highly \'at-risk\' portion of Boreal forest -- the habitat of the endangered Little Smoky caribou herd.

Part of the population of Woodland caribou that is threatened with extinction across Canada, the Little Smoky herd has declined alarmingly in recent years.  They are at immediate risk of extirpation (local extinction) due to industrial development of their habitat.  Alberta has responded to the decline, not by protecting habitat, but by killing wolves.

While the wolf cull has temporarily halted the herd\'s decline, Walsh argues that the province needs to protect habitat if the Little Smoky herd is to survive.

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