En­vi­ron­men­tal groups pan draft cari­bou plan

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

About a dozen en­vi­ron­men­tal groups from across the coun­try are urg­ing the Al­berta govern­ment to aban­don a draft plan for the re­cov­ery of wood­land cari­bou. The groups say a pro­posal to fence in 100 square kilo­me­tres of for­est for preg­nant fe­males would lead to preda­tors and other an­i­mals such as deer, elk and moose be­ing de­stroyed. The pub­lic is be­ing asked to voice opin­ions on the draft be­fore the Aug. 5 dead­line. En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists say the ma­jor is­sue that needs to be ad­dressed is the loss of nat­u­ral habi­tat to in­dus­trial ex­pan­sion. Some of the or­ga­ni­za­tions crit­i­ciz­ing the cari­bou plan in­clude the An­i­mal Al­liance of Canada, the Rain­coast Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion and Wolf Aware­ness. The $40-mil­lion plan to re­store in­dus­try-dam­aged habi­tat and sec­tion off for­est has drawn ap­plause from sci­en­tists.

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