The Seattle Times

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rudolph’s last stand: Where have all the reindeer gone?

Thirteen mountain caribou were released in March 1997 into the Selkirk Mountains near Metaline Falls. The caribou, the most endangered large mammal in the contiguous United States, joined others brought from healthier northern-British Columbia herds in an attempt to supplement the southern Selkirks herd, which at last count numbered only 27 animals. Biologists say the herd’s fate is tenuous.