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.
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.