Groups take legal action to force feds to protect endangered Alberta caribou

first_imgEnvironmental groups and First Nations have taken legal action to try and force the federal government to protect five endangered and shrinking caribou herds in northern Alberta.The lawsuit says Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has failed to step in despite legal requirements for her to do so.It says McKenna must issue a protection order if she finds federal and provincial policies aren’t doing the job.An Environment Canada report found as recently as December that significant gaps in safeguarding critical habitat remain.Although Alberta has announced ambitious plans for new protected areas, almost all remain in draft form or have not been implemented.The application has been made by the David Suzuki Foundation, that Alberta Wilderness Association and the Mikisew and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations. The Canadian Presslast_img

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