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 GPS collars which will provide detailed information on the distribution of the herd and allow for a sightability correction during the population census.