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Love for pronghorns

AAlanna Mitchell’s ar­ti­cle (“For the love of pronghorns,” May/june) per­fectly blends sto­ry­telling — the tale of her fam­ily was as en­gag­ing as that of the pronghorns’ strug­gles — with a help­ful per­spec­tive on the need for pro­tec­tion of this an­i­mal and its habi­tat. I also ap­pre­ci­ated that Mitchell re­fused to judge yes­ter­day’s prac­tices in bi­ol­ogy by to­day’s val­ues and ideals. Shawn Brix Nor­wood, Ont.

I was pleased to read Alanna Mitchell’s ar­ti­cle on pronghorns in the May/june is­sue. On oc­ca­sion, usu­ally dur­ing road trips across the Prairies, I have glimpsed these lovely crea­tures and mar­velled at their beauty. Like Mitchell, my fa­ther also had an ex­cel­lent pronghorn spec­i­men; Mr. Pips, how­ever, graced the liv­ing room wall in my par­ent’s home for many years. When our farm was sold, I claimed him and he now watches our com­ings and go­ings from his lofty perch in my own home. Jen­nifer K.L. Janzen Win­nipeg

Plight of the cari­bou

Sadly, by the time I re­ceived the May/june is­sue with the ar­ti­cle about the plight of the moun­tain cari­bou (“Pen Pro­ject,” Discovery), their num­ber had dropped even lower. There are now only three fe­males in the South Selkirk herd and only four an­i­mals (three males, one fe­male) in the South Pur­cell herd. This means cari­bou are now ex­tir­pated in those two ar­eas. Ef­forts to en­hance their chances of restora­tion have failed mis­er­ably sev­eral times; in the re­cent past, 20 cari­bou were added to the South Selkirk herd, with only one sur­viv­ing for most of a year. I have been in­volved with ef­forts to re­store this fine an­i­mal in south­east­ern Bri­tish Columbia since 1981. In my opin­ion, all ef­forts have been in­ef­fec­tual due to a lack of com­mit­ment on the part of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, which has for decades re­duced fund­ing for fish and wildlife man­age­ment.

Richard Green Nel­son, B.C.

Read an up­date on the state of Canada’s wood­land cari­bou at can­geo.ca/ja18/cari­bou. —Ed.

Cor­rec­tion:

On the “In a snap” page in the May/june is­sue, the cap­tion for the photo by Jake Gra­ham in­cor­rectly iden­ti­fied the lo­ca­tion shown as Torn­gat Moun­tains Na­tional Park, N.L. Jake’s pic­ture is, in fact, of Gros Morne Na­tional Park, N.L.

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