Blame logging

Big game outfitter says decline of woodland caribou in Newfoundland due to logging.

The province’s ministry of environment and conservation cited predators, like the black bear, coyote and lynx as major factors. However, Red Indian Lake Outfitting and Tours operator Fred Thorne believe there’s another explanation.

“One of the biggest contributing factors that’s being ignored would be the loss of the boreal forest. There’s loss of habitat,” said Thorne. “It contains lichens that the woodland caribou would depend on in the winter months. When the forest floor is blanketed with snow and the food source is not available, then they turn to the lichens in the old growth forest.”

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