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Future of caribou focus of plan

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CONSERVATION Minister Dave Chomiak wants your thoughts on how Manitoba can protect its woodland caribou.

Chomiak said the province's goal is to put together a final plan by summer that will protect caribou habitat in eastern Manitoba.

To review the draft caribou action plan, go to: www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/wildlife/pdf/caribou_action_plan_11_29_2011.pdf

Ron Thiessen of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society said the group is concerned one aspect of the draft plan is its focus on predator control and recreating habitat, both unproven and financially costly measures.

He said CPAWS will commission an independent expert review for the purpose of making recommendations for the final action plan.

"The east side of Lake Winnipeg is the heart of the world's largest intact boreal forest," he said. "Keeping the caribou healthy there is an essential part of maintaining the area's spectacular but delicate web of life."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 23, 2011 A11

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