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  • A caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou, and other trinomials under Rangifer t

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  • ) is any of several North American subspecies, ecotypes, populations, and herds of the species Rangifer tarandus, or reindeer
  • In North America caribou vary in size from the smallest, the Peary caribou, to the largest, the boreal woodland caribou
  • The North American range of caribou extends from Alaska, through the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, into the boreal forest and south through the Canadian Rockies and the Columbia and Selkirk Mountains
  • Barren-ground, porcupine caribou and Peary caribou live in the tundra, while the shy woodland caribou, prefers the boreal forest
  • Two major subspecies in North America, the porcupine caribou and the barren-ground caribou form large herds and undertake lengthy seasonal migrations from birthing grounds, to summer and winter feeding grounds in the tundra and taiga
  • The migrations of porcupine caribou herds are among the longest of any terrestrial mammal
  • Barren-land caribou are also found in Kitaa in Greenland, but the larger herds are in Alaska, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut
  • The circumpolar species itself, Rangifer tarandus, at a global level, is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) "as Least Concern due to a wide circumpolar distribution and presumed large populations
  • " The populations of subspecies, ecotypes, populations and herds of caribou in North America are in decline and one subspecies, the iconic boreal woodland caribou, has been listed by COSEWIC as threatened since 2002
  • The George River caribou herd (GRCH), in the Ungava Peninsula of Q and Labrador in eastern Canada was once the world's largest herd with 800,000–900,000 animals

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