Saving B.C.’s caribou won’t come without sacrifice, says conservation expert

The alternative is to decide to continue on the same path at the expense of the threatened species. “[In that case] then we should be upfront and basically acknowledge that we’re not going to save caribou in the province”

The B.C. government is working on a protection plan for caribou herds in the north of the province, turning the conversation to the decision-making process behind these kind of protective measures. Tara Martin, a professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia, says saving caribou won’t come without sacrifice from the industries involved, such as forestry and tourism. “The question now is if we want to maintain southern mountain caribou in the province, we’re all going to have to take some responsibility and that means we’re all going to have to give something up,” she said. The alternative is to decide to continue on the same path at the expense of the threatened species. “[In that case] then we should be upfront and basically acknowledge that we’re not going to save caribou in the province,” she told Carolina de Ryk, the host of CBC’s Daybreak North.
By Clare Hennig
CBC News
December 8, 2018

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