December 8, 2017 1:44 pm
Updated: December 8, 2017 1:47 pm

Ontario caribou under threat from wolf attacks to be transported by helicopter

The provincial government is concerned the Michipicoten Island caribou will be wiped out if no action is taken.

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The Ontario government plans to move endangered caribou off an island in Lake Superior by helicopter to save the animals from a pack of wolves.

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Kathryn McGarry says the wolves got onto Michipicoten Island using a rarely formed ice bridge several years ago.

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She says the government will take a portion of the caribou population to Slate Islands in Lake Superior where they’ll roam in an area free from predators.

The ministry hopes the relocated caribou will eventually breed with a herd already on the Slate Islands to help grow their population.

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The government is worried the Michipicoten Island caribou will be wiped out if no action is taken.
It says the animals will be moved sometime early in the new year.

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