The hidden reindeer nobody knew existed

Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) are also called reindeer
August 07, 2017 | 03:28 pm /
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In the Sahtú region of Canada, science has identified three distinct groups of caribou – but the local people believe there is a secret fourth caribou

As you move north from the broad reaches of Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada, spruce forests first give way to scrubby taiga, then to the hard, smooth rocks of the Canadian Shield, and finally to the southern Arctic. This is the Sahtú region.

It is caribou country. The Dene and Métis people have coexisted with the caribou for millennia.

Now it seems that these people may have known something about the caribou that science has, so far, missed. Ecologists know about three groups of caribou in the Sahtú, each with a different lifestyle and habitat. But the Dene say there are four, and a new study may offer some support for their belief.

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