THE NEWS ABOUT the caribou in the South Selkirks read like a bad joke: only three animals left, all female. If none is pregnant…well, that would be that. It will be 19,000 caribou –present day count in British Columbia – minus three.
This is reason to worry. Everything in nature is connected. If one species declines or becomes extinct, things go off balance in other ways. Ultimately, we are affected. There are no maybes in this equation.
From where the general population stands, all seems right and functioning even when it’s not. Plus, it’s not the happiest topic to bring up at a gathering, lest you risk sitting by yourself. Still, it’s worth it.
Case in point: the caribou.