Collaring Caribou to Improve Knowledge

Project Year: 2017-2018

M. Tilson

Project Lead

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (Omineca Region)

Watershed/Sub-region

Peace Region

Finlay Arm

Project Type

Monitoring & Evaluation

FWCP Contribution

$66,562

Action Plan Alignment

Species of Interest Action Plan

Project ID

PEA-F18-W-2323

Distribution and abundance of the Finlay Caribou herd

Population monitoring of Woodland Caribou is used to document and track changes in the population status of each herd over time. For Northern Caribou, obtaining accurate counts or detecting small changes in the population may be more difficult if animals winter in lower elevations because the associated forest cover in these areas makes spotting caribou more challenging from the air. Assessed in 2002, little is known of the current abundance and distribution of the Finlay Caribou herd. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations is planning to conduct a population assessment of caribou in the Finlay range. This project supports the purchase and deployment of 20 GPSĀ  collars which will provide detailed information on the distribution of the herd and allow for a sightability correction during the population census.