Boreal Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou pop. 14) was designated as Threatened by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in May 2002. As a result, the population was listed as Threatened in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). In British Columbia, Boreal Caribou is ranked S2 (imperiled) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Red List. The British Columbia Conservation Framework ranks Boreal Caribou as a priority 1 under goal 3 (maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems).
In British Columbia, approximately 13001 Boreal Caribou currently reside in the northeast of the province within 15 Core Habitat areas among six ranges: Calendar, Chinchaga, Maxhamish, Parker, Prophet, and Snake-Sahtaneh. Boreal Caribou in B.C. are contiguous with Boreal Caribou populations in Alberta and Northwest Territories, as individuals move across these jurisdictional boundaries.
The following population and distribution goals identified by the government of British Columbia will guide implementation efforts within the province:
1. to decrease the expected rate of decline in the Boreal Caribou population;
2. to significantly reduce the risk of Boreal Caribou extirpation in the Calendar, Chinchaga, Maxhamish, and Prophet ranges within 50 years;
Province of British Columbia. 2011. Implementation Plan for the Ongoing Management of Boreal Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou pop. 14) in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment