Is a 60% chance of survival enough?

September 9, 2011

The federal government has finally released a long overdue draft woodland caribou recovery strategy required under the Species At Risk Act.

As you know, the survival of Boreal woodland caribou is threatened throughout most of Canada. The biggest cause of their decline is habitat loss caused by logging, mining, and oil and gas development.

For the next few weeks, the government is accepting comments on its draft strategy.  

Environment Canada’s proposed strategy would give caribou no more than a 60% chance of long-term survival, by allowing up to 35% of existing critical caribou habitat to be destroyed in places where herds still thrive.

Is a 60% chance of survival enough?

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