Heart of the Boreal

June 2006

Woodland caribou protected

Under pressure from federal officials, scientists, BioGems Defenders and other activists, the Manitoba government agreed to list the woodland caribou as "threatened" under its Endangered Species Act. Manitoba's wild boreal forests are home to between 1,800 and 3,200 woodland caribou, which have declined 50 percent in population since 1950.

BioGems Defenders sent more than 30,000 messages in 2005 demanding provincial protection for these animals, which will help defend them from recreational hunting, habitat destruction and industrial activity.