Environment: Mass Death at Two River Crossings

Thousands of caribou drown in the Quebec wilderness

Each fall, as their mating season approaches, an immense gathering of caribou from northeastern Canada embarks on a migratory trek. Nearly 400,000 strong, the herd pushes its way from Labrador to winter grazing lands near Hudson Bay. This year many of the animals did not make it. At least 9,000 of them, and perhaps twice that number, drowned last week at two swollen river crossings in the remote wilderness of northern Quebec.

Along the banks of the Caniapiscau and Koksoak rivers, where the caribou were overwhelmed...

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