Saving the mountain caribou
This is a tough story to tell. In 2019 the last of the mountain caribou in the lower 48 states disappeared. Extinct. Deforestation threatens those that are left. Professional Wildlife tracker and photographer David Moskowitz takes us to the frigid mountains of British Columbia to learn about the ancient but fragile ecosystem these majestic reindeer call home.
Mountain caribou have become somewhat of an obsession for David Moskowitz. He was drawn towards documenting them and understanding the unique ecology of how these animals have evolved to survive. But finding them and documenting them is not for the timid.
"If you want to find a mountain caribou, you look at a map and pick the spots you think the mosquitoes are going to be the worst. And that's where you go,” says Moskowitz.
In the winter, most mammals head to lower elevations where weather conditions aren’t as rough. But not the Mountain caribou. They actually migrate up to higher elevations when the cold weather sets in. This gives them better access to lichen (the main thing on their menu) and helps them to avoid predators. But it also makes them very hard to find.
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