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Predator-proof pens ‘last-ditch effort’ to save Selkirk caribou

A small band of Southern Selkirks herd woodland caribou is photographed just north of the U.S.-Canada border during an aerial survey in March 2017. (Via Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)
A small band of Southern Selkirks herd woodland caribou is photographed just north of the U.S.-Canada border during an aerial survey in March 2017. (Via Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

ENDANGERED -- The Kalispel Tribe is going to take another shot at restoring endangered Selkirk mountain caribou with a $96,000 grant for a maternal penning project.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant along with other funding the tribe has obtained will be used to assist in the capture of caribou cows and newborn calves for placement in special pens built to protect them from predators, the Tribe says in a release.

Fewer than a dozen caribou remain in the South Selkirk population. The tribe calls the project “a last ditch/stop gap measure to prevent the extirpation of these animals.”




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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