5 thoughts on “Arctic reindeer decline

  1. This holiday season caribou — also called reindeer — are struggling as never before. They are starving as they desperately try to dig up the food that is just out of reach. And because of changing temperatures, they are being swept to their deaths in rushing rivers.

    In fact, populations of caribou have plummeted almost 60% in just three decades. And now, a new report states that global warming is to blame.

    Please, donate to National Wildlife Federation today!

    Without your help, the outlook for the caribou is bleak. Here are just some of the life-threatening problems they face:

    They are unable to access food. As global warming causes warmer temperatures in the Arctic, more rain is falling when it should be snow. When rain falls on snow that is on the ground, it creates a thick layer of ice. This prevents caribou from “digging” through to reach food on the ground. The extra ice makes feeding increasingly more difficult, if not impossible, leaving the reindeer exhausted and starving.

    They are drowning in unfrozen rivers. Reindeer follow the same carefully chosen migration path every year. But as global warming melts ice on the rivers earlier and earlier, they are forced to try to swim across rivers that are usually frozen over. Tragically, many calves are too weak to keep up with the rushing waters and are swept to their death.

    Please help change the forecast for caribou and all of our nation’s wildlife struggling for survival. Donate today. We promise to put your support to work right away in our wildlife-protecting programs.

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