Reindeer & Caribou Populations Plunge Worldwide

Live Science – Reindeer and caribou numbers worldwide have plunged nearly 60 percent in the last three decades due to climate change and habitat disturbance caused by humans, a new study finds. Global warming and industrial development are driving the dramatic decline, said Liv Vors, a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta who did the study with university biologist Mark Boyce. “Their future is dubious if climate change and habitat disturbance continue at their current pace,” Vors told LiveScience. “We do not know how quickly they can adapt to this changing world.”

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Other news:

  • BBC: “Reindeer herds in global decline” (June 11, 2009).
  • CBC: “Caribou herds dwindling worldwide: Alberta study” (June 12, 2009).
  • CSMonitor: “ Caribou populations fall sharply ” (July 23, 2009).
  • Liv Vors website (lead author caribou study): Caribou Population Dynamics at the University of Alberta.

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