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Good news for Cascadia's wildlife watchers

After precipitous declines over the previous century, some of the iconic wildlife populations of the Pacific Northwest have notched tentative gains in recent years, according to the Seattle-based sustainability research centre Sightline.

The non-profit's Cascadia Scorecard wildlife indicator includes a wildlife index measuring five populations around the region stretching from Oregon through British Columbia. Included are: southern resident orcas, spring and summer chinook salmon of the Lower Columbia, wolves of the Northern Rockies, the Selkirk caribou herd, and Oregon's greater sage-grouse.

Overall, reports Sightline, the index hit its highest level since 1980. Gains made by wolves, salmon, and orcas offset declines in sage-grouse and caribou.

Read the report here.

David Beers is editor of The Tyee.

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