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The rare woodland caribou; a program on August 17 offered by Idaho Conservation League.

SANDPOINT – The Selkirk Mountains just north of Sandpoint is home to one of the rarest mammals in the United States - the woodland caribou.  At last count, less than 40 caribou remain in this small herd that makes its winter home along the high mountain ridgelines of the Selkirk Crest.

Tim Layser, Wildlife Biologist with Selkirk Wilderness Alliance will give a presentation on this struggling herd of caribou at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Laughing Dog Brewing in Ponderay as part of the Idaho Conservation League’s After Hours series entitled, “Caribou and Kegs.”

Layser will share facts and rare photos of this elusive herd of caribou. Rarely seen by humans, the caribou are called the “Ghosts of the Selkirks and prefer to live in old-growth forests of the high country.  These high mountain ridgelines are the last sanctuaries for caribou and are being increasingly visited by snowmobiles.  The herd has found its migration route and recovery area cut off by this increased recreational snowmobile use.

The evening also will include information about the Forest Service’s soon to be released forest management plan for the Selkirk Mountains. ICL’s Brad Smith will discuss how the plan could reduce the protections for areas of the Selkirk Crest that provide key habitat for the caribou and other wildlife. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the U.S. Forest Service on the plan.

Also, information about the Idaho Conservation League’s summer hike series will be available and attendees can sign up for free, guided hikes into the magnificent Selkirks.
Caribou and Kegs is the third in a year-long series of ICL After Hours to be held at different watering holes and locations throughout the Inland Northwest. No-host beer and wine and hot pizza by the slice will be available. Visit the events page on the Idaho Conservation League’s website for more information: www.idahoconservation.org or call (208) 265-9565. 

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Nancy Dooley is the administrative executive director of the Clark Fork Pend Oreille Conservancy

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caribou, wildlife, Idaho Conservation League, Tim Layser

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