Vancouver Island Marmot – Buttle Lake Supplementation & Monitoring 2017
The Vancouver Island Marmot is an iconic and endemic B.C. species, and also the most endangered mammal in Canada. This project is a strategic, statistically informed continuation of efforts to restore marmots to their historic habitat in the mountains around Buttle Lake in the Campbell, Puntledge, and Ash watersheds. Guided by the results from previous projects (2007-16), spring supplemental feeders will be installed at several locations to improve the likelihood of reproduction. A select group of captive-born and wild-born marmots will be released to vulnerable colonies in the region, bolstering the metapopulation and creating additional opportunities for in situ reproduction. Monitoring will increase our understanding of this marmot metapopulation and will inform future recovery efforts.