By Jenny McCune
I love watching curling at the Olympics. Sure, it doesn’t have the high flying jumps of the half-pipe or the speed of alpine skiing, but it requires strength, skill, and most of all, strategy. The best curlers find the weaknesses of their opponents, predict what they might do, and out-fox them to win points.
Saving endangered species from extinction takes strategy too. We have to find out what the threats are, and then do the right things to reduce them. A good recovery strategy can lead to amazing results: the Catalina Island Fox plummeted from 1,300 to 100 foxes in 1999 due to an outbreak of distemper virus. But a coordinated strategy of captive breeding, relocation, vaccination and population monitoring has brought them back to around 1,500 foxes today.
We need this kind of strategic effort in Canada in order to save our own endangered species. For example, like the foxes, many of our bats are also threatened by a devastating disease. Concerned scientists and citizens are working together to find the right strategy to make a difference.