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  1. Caribou is simply the North American name for reindeer.

  2. Reindeer (aka Caribou) see light in the ultraviolet range, and that their eyes change in colour through the seasons from gold through to blue to help them better detect predators

  3. One company owns or holds a majority stake in Keurig Green Mountain, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread, The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee Company, Eistein Bagels, Espresso House, Mighty Leaf Tea, Stumptown Coffee, and Bruegger's Bagels

  4. Mosquito swarms in the Arctic are so thick they can drain the blood of a Caribou, killing it.

  5. Reindeer and caribou are the same thing.

  6. A caribou in Alaska can lose 4.4 pounds of blood per year to mosquitoes.

  7. Caribou use their antlers to dig in the snow for food in the winter months.

  8. Wildlife that can be found in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park include Alaskan moose, Dall sheep, black bears, grizzly bears, bison, caribou, mountain goats, arctic ground squirrels, porcupines, red foxes, snowshoe hares, lynxes, martens, river otters, coyotes, hoary marmots, weasels, voles, pikas, wolverines, wolves, and many others including the possibility of cougars.

  9. Female has shorter antlers and wear them a bit longer than males. Antlers in females symbolize dominance and they will shed after giving birth to a baby.

  10. Pregnancy in females lasts around 7 and half months. It ends with one baby that is able to stand on its own feet few minutes after birth. Baby is able to run with its mother the following day. Young caribou becomes independent after year and half.

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Wolverines are omnivores (they eat both meat and vegetation). During the summer season, when different types of plants, berries and roots are available, wolverine expands its normal diet with plants. Even during summer time, wolverine cannot survive without meat. They eat rabbits, mice, porcupines, squirrels, but they also hunt injured deer and caribou.

Wildlife that can be seen in Pukaskwa National Park includes moose, peregrine falcons, black bears, wolves, lynxes, as well as a rapidly declining if not already extinct population of woodland caribou in the park.

Caribou can consume as much as 12 pounds of food each day.

The boreal forest is home to many large mammal species including black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, caribou, moose, reindeer, sheep, foxes, polar bears, giant pandas, wolverines, elk, mountain goats, wild boars, Siberian tigers, lemmings, and deer.

Female caribou shed their antlers after giving birth.

The caribou's predators and threats to their existence include humans, wolverines, lynx, wolves, bears, and golden eagles.

Antlers play important role in the lifestyle of caribous. Besides protective role, they are used for digging of the snow during the search for food in the winter period.

Two main herds of caribou migrate through Gates of the Arctic National Park each spring and each fall. These caribou are vital for the Eskimo and Native tribes to survive as they are used for both food, and for making clothes.

Animals found in the Arctic can include caribou, muskox, lemmings, the Arctic hare, and polar bears, as well as moose, Dall sheep, wolverines, Arctic ground squirrels, and ermines.

Animals that can be found in Lake Clark National Park include brown bears, black bears, caribou, Dall's sheep, moose, and wolves. Bear watching is very popular but visitors have to be careful and follow certain rules to help avoid dangerous encounters.

Meat was often an important part of the Native American diet including elk, buffalo, rabbit, deer, caribou, geese, turkeys, clams, shellfish, fish, and seals and whales, depending on where the tribe was located.

Kobuk River Valley has been an important caribou migration crossing for as long as 10,000 years. The caribou that pass through have been hunted to provide food, clothing, and other items important for survival of the people in the area for thousands of years.

Baffin Island, the world's fifth largest island, is found in the waters of the Northwest Passage. Animals found on this island include arctic wolves, polar bears, and caribou.

The average size of a caribou is four to five feet at the shoulder.

Body of caribou is covered with winter coat which provides insulation at the low outer temperatures. Color of the fur depends on the species. It can range from dark to light brown.

Caribou is very fast animal. It can run 50 miles per hour, especially when trying to escape from the predators.

Caribou are considered to be ungulates. This means that they chew cud and are cloven-hooved.

Visitors that choose to take a sightseeing flight may see caribou, Dall sheep, and trumpeter swans, among many other species in the park.

Coastal animals of the Labrador Sea include the Labrador wolf, caribou, black bear, moose, Arctic fox, wolverine, red fox, grouse, osprey, raven, snowshoe hare, American wild pheasant, ducks, partridge, and geese.

Caribou is the only member of deer family where both males and females wear antlers.

Indigenous populations in the north rely heavily on caribou for food.

Caribou migrate thousands of miles each year. Some travel as many as 3,000 miles each year during migration.

Arctic wolves, muskoxen, lemmings, and Arctic hares Peary caribou, ringed seals, bearded seals, narwhals, polar bears, and walruses can be found in Quttinirpaaq National Park.

There are as many as 490,000 caribou in the herd that migrates back and forth between the Baird Mountains and the Waring Mountains. This herd is called the Western Arctic herd.

Caribou do not like bugs in the warm months and will run for miles to escape them.