Canada: The largest herd of reindeer in the world declined 87% in ten years

Reindeers graze near Nenets settlement near remote village of Gornokniazevsk on Yamal peninsula

The largest herd of reindeer on the planet, located in the George River region of Canada has been reduced by 87% from 385,000 animals in 2001 to about 50,000 specimens currently, according to data from environmental organizations and Canadian authorities.

In a statement, the organization Survival International, dedicated to defending the rights of indigenous peoples and animals, blamed the decline (the largest in the last 10 years), to the iron mining on a large scale, the flood of large areas for hydroelectric power and road construction.

John Bennett, a spokesman for environmental group Sierra Club Canada, said: “Our federal and provincial governments have put the interests loggers, miners and power ahead of the defense of biodiversity in Canada.”

For its part, the Canadian authorities recognized the decline of the herd of reindeer, an animal known as caribou in North America, and pointed out that the decline in population is due to natural circumstances, from food to predators, disease and climate change.

To avoid an increase in the decline of the reindeer, the authorities will reduce the hunting season from eight to three months.

FROM | Reuters

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