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Caribou News

Internationally – what is happening to caribou and wild reindeer?

Taking all caribou and wild reindeer types (forest or boreal; mountain and tundra) into account; IUCN categorized  Rangifer tarandus in 2015, as Vulnerable A2a. Abundance has overall declined by a 40% decline from about 4.8 million to 2.9 million individuals over three generations (about 21-27 years) across their circum-Arctic ranges. The IUCN ranking was Least Concern in 2008 and 1996.

CARMA’s network of contacts and databases contributed to the assessment for migratory tundra caribou and wild reindeer. We recognize still more effort is needed to refine the assessments and to expand their basis. It is worth remembering that uncertainty is high about the extent of the declines and the under-lying mechanisms which vary with region.

Check here for the IUCN assessment http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/29742/0

News (copy)

It is with deep sorrow we deliver the sad news of Archana Bali’s death on 8:29am Alaska Time Monday. Thus ends Archana’s valiant fight against ovarian cancer for the past several years - a fight that she led always with a smile on her face and with her loving mother, sister, brother and fiancée by her side.



Access field protocol manuals that allow researchers and managers to monitor herds and compare results from other herds.


Rangifer Health and Body Condition Monitoring Manual (2008)  Monitoring Rangifer Herds (Population Dynamics) (2008)