What Can I Do?

Mountain caribou are critically endangered. The 2007 caribou recovery plan was a big step forward but the animals are showing few signs of recovery. The BC government’s own science team notes that much of this habitat is less than fully protected for caribou.

Critical caribou habitat still needs protection from inappropriate motorized winter recreation, mineral exploration and energy development, and overcutting of beetle damaged forest. According to biologists caribou are more vulnerable to predation by wolves, cougars, bears and wolverines because of landscape-level habitat changes and smaller numbers. Thus forest management and planning must consider landscape-level stewardship that protects caribou up front instead of as an afterthought.

Such an approach must incorporate sweeping old-growth protections and restoration, cumulative effects and access management, and community involvement in decision-making.

What Can I Do?

Talk about mountain caribou to friends and neighbours so everyone knows about this wonderful animal on the edge. Lend strong support to groups and organizations that are acting to protect our wildlife heritage.

Contact commercial backcountry tourism operators and let them know that the health of mountain caribou and all wildlife within their tenure on public lands must be a management priority.

Communicate with your government officials, the Premier’s office, your MLAs and agency officials. Urge the government to follow the plan’s recommendations on limited recreation, mining, and other activities in mountain caribou critical habitat to further protect caribou.


Mountain Caribou News

After significant pressure from Indigenous nations and the public, the BC government has agreed to defer an old growth valley north of Revelstoke that provides…Read More 
The article below was originally published in the Salmon Arm Observer and Shuswap Passion. By Jim CoopermanThanks to the work of a forest…Read More 
Deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Louisiana Pacific (LP) is building a new road and is about to log important habitat for endangered…Read More 
Deep in the heart of BC’s Inland Temperate Rainforest, chainsaws are cutting irreplaceable and globally unique stands of ancient cedar-hemlock forests. The trees…Read More 
Dr. Rob Serrouya has spent his career studying caribou and the ecosystems which have supported caribou for millenia. But things are rapidly changing for caribou…Read More 
A new scientific paper, Habitat loss accelerates for the endangered woodland caribou in western Canada, released by some of North America’s preeminent caribou researchers…Read More 
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