Minister of the Environment taken to court over boreal caribou habitat protection

Map courtesy of NWT Species at Risk

An Ottawa-based charity is filing a lawsuit against the federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is concerned about the boreal woodland caribou, an animal listed under the federal Species at Risk Act.

The charity is asking the Minister a proof of the steps being taken to protect the boreal woodland caribou’s habitat which extends from Labrador to the Yukon, across 9 provinces and territories, including the NWT.

“There have been glimmers of action, such as in Saskatchewan where the government appears to be taking their job to protect critical habitat seriously, but we believe that most of the critical habitat in Canada is still largely available for industrial development. Meanwhile, boreal caribou’s habitat, the boreal forest, is getting more fragmented, which has been shown to directly lead to their population decline across the country,” says Éric Hébert-Daly, CPAWS’ National Executive Director.

Boreal caribou populations have declined in most of their range across Canada.

In the NWT, the population of boreal caribou is estimated to be between 6000 and 7000 animals.

CPAWS insists that this lawsuit is really about implementing the federal Species at Risk Act in a more transparent and accountable manner.

UPDATE. Interview of Kris Brekke added on April, 26th 2017

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