Feds say Selkirk caribou are distinct

June 26, 2014 5:17 PM

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SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- Caribou share similar features around the world, including branching antlers, stocky bodies and snowshoe-like hooves.

But caribou in the Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho, northeast Washington and British Columbia have a trait that sets them apart from other caribou. When winter snow sets in, they head to ridge tops, where they spend the winter eating lichens that grow on 250-year-old spruce trees. Other caribou ...

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