We describe how research and monitoring were applied, within higher level plan direction, to craft an integrated management strategy for mountain caribou. Nine years of radiotelemetry on 75 animals with > 4,000 relocations have defined the range and habitat selection patterns for this population. Timber harvesting trials since 1990 have tested variations of the selection silvicultural system. The Cariboo-Chilcotin Land-Use Plan has established the size of the area that can be managed for mountain caribou and defined the level of acceptable impact on the timber resource. These inputs were used to develop an initial strategy which zones caribou habitat and describes management in those zones. Recommendations for forest management systems, access, and predation management are part of the strategy.
Armleder, Harold M., Young, James A.; Youds, John A.. 1999. A Management Strategy for Mountain Caribou: the Cariboo Region Example (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings. Vol. 2