Of all members of the deer family, Caribou live in the most severe environmental conditions and occupy the
most restrictive, northernmost niches in the world. In British Columbia, Caribou historically occupied about two-thirds of the province east of the Coast Mountains. With the largescale development and settlement of the last 75 years, however, their habitats have
changed and become fragmented. Because of these changes, populations have become discontinuous, sometimes
isolated, and increasingly vulnerable. Conserving Caribou – both for biodiversity and the enjoyment of future
generations – requires greater efforts at managing Caribou to ensure that they remain part of British Columbia’s rich wildlife heritage.
Paquet, Maggie. 2000. Caribou in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Mammals in BC brochure