Enhancing Caribou Survival in the Klinse-Za Herd: Year 9
This multi-year project aims to enhance the survival rate of caribou cows and calves in the Klinse-Za and Scott East herds.
Maternity penning was used to successfully arrest population decline and avoid the extirpation of the Klinse-Za caribou herd. Having achieved that, the goal of this project is now population supplementation to offset low wild-calf recruitment and maintain a positive population trend.
Pregnant cow caribou will be captured in early March and transported to a protective pen located in natural calving range. The cows will be fed and monitored through late July, until calves have grown to a point where they are less susceptible to predation by wolves and bears, and then released back to the wild.