Did you know that caribou and reindeer are classified as the same species, Rangifer tarandus? North American caribou have never been domesticated, while some Old World reindeer remain wild and others have been domesticated for centuries.
Woodland Caribou were once found throughout northern Minnesota, but populations dropped during the 1800s due to logging, hunting, and the northward expansion of white-tailed deer, which carry a parasitic worm that kills moose and caribou. Logging, fossil fuel exploration, habitat destruction and fragmentation, wolf predation, hunting, and poaching have all contributed to the decline of caribou in recent years.
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