Mountain Caribou in BC – Recovery Efforts

Mountain Caribou in BC – Recovery Efforts

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 30/Jan/2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location
Unitarian Centre (Hewett Hall)

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Mountain Caribou in BC – Recovery Efforts

Historically, B.C. was home to thousands of Southern Mountain Caribou. In the past few decades, caribou habitat has been fragmented by provincial land management decisions regarding industrial activities (logging, mining, hydroelectric).  All areas of B.C. have seen precipitous declines in caribou populations, accelerating over the past two decades. 

In 2014, after the Klinse-za herd in the peace country was reduced to just 16 animals, Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations took a leadership role and established their own recovery program focusing on maternal penning and habitat restoration.  The herd is now up to 80 and growing, and the program is widely recognized as the most successful caribou recovery program in North America. Meanwhile, without leadership from the province or federal governments, the South Selkirk caribou herd—the last to migrate between Canada and the lower 48 of the USA—was pushed to local extinction in 2018. 

In this presentation Tim will tell the story of mountain caribou in BC, the stunning landscapes they help protect, and the heroic efforts of First Nations and communities working to pull these iconic animals back from the brink.

Tim Burkhart is BC Manager, Strategic Engagement and Peace Region,
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Victoria.


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