Sled dogs, also victims of global warming

The sled dogs are not part of the animal species victims of the climate change that we talk about the most. However, by transforming the way of life of their masters, hunters, fishermen or mushers, the melting of ice threatens indeed those dogs that were indispensable to Inuit populations for centuries.

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In Greenland, as in the Canadian Arctic, Inuit populations had previously needed their sled dogs to move but also to ensure their safety. These dogs, which are adapted to the extreme weather conditions of the region, are able to detect fragile ice sheets, snow-covered holes during the winter, and allow Inuit to travel quickly and ecologically at a lower cost. They were part of an integral part of their way of life


The melting ice makes dog-sled trips more and more perilous. (© Flickr - United Nations Photo)


But the melting of ice now threatens sled dogs Became useless, more and more of them are being abandoned . As ice layers are getting thinner, sled travel is more dangerous. The food, mainly seals, is also more rare. Some hunters can no longer feed them.

Inuit people also like to meet for dog sled races, which have also become increasingly rare in recent years. Mushers no longer manage to care for their animals It is a harmony between man and dog built over hundreds of years that is threatened by global warming . Floating sleds will soon replace dog sleds.


A musher feeds his dogs in Greenland (© Instagram - Natgeo)


Greenland Dogs and Canadian Inuit Dogs also suffer directly from rising temperatures. Some mushers say they must now run at night because sled dogs like to spend themselves in the cold. Their coat is adapted to very low temperatures
These dogs are able to sleep outside in extreme cold Will they have enough time to adapt to this climate change each day accelerated by the human activities?