Judge bans snowmobiles to protect caribou in northern Idaho
"We need to do everything we can to protect them."
- Mark Sprengel, Selkirk Conservation Alliance director
Spokane, Washington, USA - A judge has declared nearly 470 square miles of national forest land in northern Idaho off-limits to snowmobiles in an effort to save the last mountain caribou herd in the contiguous 48 states.
In a 31-page ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Robert H. Whaley banned snowmobiles throughout a caribou recovery zone in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests until the U.S. Forest Service develops a winter recreation strategy taking into account the impact of the loud, exhaust-spewing devices on the herd.