Former editor Carl rides the caribou this week

The other day I read this quote: According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, more than 27 per cent of 100,000 assessed species are threatened with extinction. This disappearance is a warning that something is amiss on Earth. It seems that is the case for woodland caribou. Until I came to this part of the world, I unknowingly thought caribou travelled in huge herds across the arctic tundra, heck I even believed Santa Claus had his pick of selected caribou to pull his sleigh.

I guess my ignorance of the situation is based on my own experience of hunting deer, moose and the odd bear that might have wandered into my camp. Now I find a huge uproar about the plight of this animal right here in the Northeast. I suppose I was like everyone else and put them down to what Indigenous people hunt and since Native people only make up around 3.5% of the entire Canadian population how could there be a short fall in caribou population.

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So, I began to dig into the problem, and did I get a surprise. In contacting those lofty folks in Victoria I was told things like: that is a northern problem, how can it be a problem I have never heard of this and the list goes on and on until I heard the common words they are just caribou what the heck.

I remember when I first came to BC back in 1955 to be in the army. I was looking at a map and saw a lot of open country, so I asked and was told, “well that is way north of Hope and you know after Hope there is no hope. After the laughter died down, I was told that is a part of BC that is beyond help from Victoria. Sadly, that appears to be how people in the lower mainland view anything north of Prince George. Just watch the weather reports on TV. You will get chapter and verse about dinky little places in the lower mainland but nothing about anywhere north of Prince George. When I was in Mackenzie, I was told Prince George was not considered in the north but in the Caribou area.

So, we had all better begin to take a closer look at the caribou population. I don’t put a lot of stock in the idea of separating and joining Grande Prairie area. In the first place that would be silly and second I am not sure they want us.

In the following days I am going to dig deep into the caribou situation, and nobody will be safe from my search. I know who has allowed this condition to escalate to where it is. There will be no holds barred I will show who is doing what and who is doing nothing

Yes, I am going to expose the blame, show the real situation and finally I hope to come up with a solution. I am telling you now it could get messy, truths will come out and while I know this will be a drastic step, I will be using the Grimshaw Formula that I know works. So soon the whole story will be told just the way I see it.

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