Woodland Caribou

woodland caribouThreatened Provincially and Nationally

Description

• Medium-sized member of deer family with thick coat for warmth and large rounded hooves for digging for food and walking easily on snow
• Excellent swimmer with hollow hair for buoyancy
• Female caribou, which also have antlers, only birth one calf per year

Range

• Boreal forest across North America
• Two populations in Ontario (the forest-dwelling woodland caribou and the forest-tundra woodland caribou)

Threats

• Habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation
• Predation and disease
• Climate change

Protection

• Provincially protected under the Endangered Species Act, 2007
• Federally protected under the Species at Risk Act, 2002

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