Woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) populations in the West Chilcotin were censused in March of 2003. The census focused on locating groups of caribou containing radio-collared animals from each herd, with the objective of obtaining calf recruitment estimates from a portion of each herd. Fixed wing reconnaissance flights on February 18 and March 7, 2003 determined the general distribution of radio-collared caribou within each herd and open alpine areas used in some winters by caribou were searched for animal presence. During most of the census the helicopter flight path was dictated by the distribution of radio-collared caribou. Groups of caribou encountered while traveling between radio-collared groups were also classified. Several alpine ridges within the Charlotte Alplands were also searched for caribou presence, based on observed use in previous winters. J. A. Young and N. L. Freeman.
Young, James A., Freeman, N.L.. 2003. 2003 late winter survey of the Itcha-Ilgachuz, Rainbow and Charlotte Alplands caribou herds. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2003MR303
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Caribou, British, Columbia
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