August 19, 2022

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Woodland Caribou | Births in captivity

Woodland Caribou |  Births in captivity

Woodland caribou populations have recently increased with the birth of several fawns in Charlevoix and Val-d’Or.

Posted yesterday at 5:50 pm.

Eric-Pierre Champagne

Eric-Pierre Champagne

The Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP) announced on Monday that six out of seven pregnant women in the Charlevoix population gave birth between June 2 and June 24, 2022. However, one of the six deer died after a few days. born The population stated in February is now 21 people. In Val-d’Or, two fawns were added to the seven caribou recorded in May.

These enclosures were presented by the MFFP last winter as “a temporary solution to stem the decline of isolated populations of forest and mountain caribou in the Val-d’Or, Charlevoix and Gaspécy. »

But according to many experts, if this solution proves to be inevitable in the short term, the Quebec government still needs to come up with a real strategy to restore woodland caribou’s habitat to ensure its survival. However, the decline of the species is due mainly to the disturbance of the natural habitat of the cervid due to logging.

In the spring, the Quebec government launched an independent commission on woodland and mountain caribou, which many experts described as “window dressing,” especially since no biologist sat on the commission.

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