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12/3 – Critical Habitat for Caribou

In a move members of the Idaho Congressional delegation say is in direct response to public outcry, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has reduced its final designation of critical habitat for endangered woodland caribou in the Selkirk Mountains from 375,552 acres to 30,010 acres. Conservation groups contend this doesn’t go far enough to help the endangered herd achieve recovery.

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, we talked with Dustin Miller of the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation and Steve Duke and Bryon Holt of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho, about the process of designating critical habitat under the ESA, and the impact this final designation is projected to have on the woodland caribou and the local economy.


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