The population of the Canadian Georgia River reindeer has dropped almost 92% over the last few decades.
There were once over 900,000 reindeer and now there are only about 74,000.
Iron-ore mining, hydro-power flooding and road building are apparently the cause of the dwindling numbers.
Chief of the local natives, the Innu people said:
"All the massive industrial 'development' projects that have been imposed on our land in the last forty years have undoubtedly had a cumulative impact on the size of the caribou herd.
That is why we need real control over our territories and resources, and why we must be involved as equals in decisions that affect our lands and the animals that live there."
So sad that people just living their lives don't even realize the effect they have on the local ecosystem, and how its devastation affects us.
Also, poor Santa! Where will he go to hire more help??
[Image courtesy Subhankar Banerjee/Survival.]
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