In the continental United States, wild reindeer died in winter, according to a report in the Washington Post.
The Post reports that the last known herd of wild reindeer, also known as caribou, descended on a single woman who was captured this winter by wildlife managers in British Columbia, Canada, to ensure their survival.
Ray Entz, Director of Wildlife and Soil Resources for the Kalispel Tribe in Washington, told the post office the last caribou would probably not have survived. It was not captured.
"It was the right move," Entz said.
An animal count from 2019 showed that only three caribou from the Selkirk herd remained, a sub-population of wild caribou.
almost 50 of the caribou.
The Post reports that the total caribou population is likely to decline as human development and expansion take their natural habitat.
Caribou, who used to live in the north of New England and Uppe Midwestern states like Minnesota have been slowly pushed further north in recent decades.
The last remaining Selkirk caribou captured was wearing a radio collar for better tracking and was transported to a pen in British Columbia.
Canadian wildlife manager Plan to release the Selkirk caribou and three other feathered animals into a habitat populated by a nearby herd.