Caribou: improving calf survival and herd size through maternity penning

Project Year: 2022-2023

Multi-year Project

Photo: Wildlife Infometrics Inc.

Project Lead

Nikanese Wah tzee Stewardship Society

Watershed/Sub-region

Peace Region

Project Type

Species-Based Actions

FWCP Contribution

$41,250

Action Plan Alignment

Uplands

Project ID

PEA-F23-W-3655

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.

Indigenous-led Caribou Conservation from David Moskowitz on Vimeo.