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Movements and Habitats of Caribou in the Mountains of Southern British Columbia Simpson, K.
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Abstract: Compensation funds paid by BC Hydro as a result of reservoir flooding provided an opportunity to fund research on mountain caribou in the area north of Revelstoke, BC. Access to and visibility of animals influenced the frequency of incidental and ground sightings in most habitats. Aerial locations of radio-collared caribou provided data for estimates of habitat use. Annual home ranges were similar in size to those in other areas, averaging 263 73 km2. Caribou seldom used the same seasonal ranges in consecutive years and showed little fidelity to specific areas except in summer. Caribou moved from high to low elevations and back twice each year. Alpine parkland and forest were the key habitats used in late winter. In spring, most caribou descended into the cedar-hemlock forests where understory vegetation, natural openings and the cleared reservoir provided green vegetation. Caribou emerged from winter in poor condition and quality spring foods were believed important, particularly to pregnant cows. In early
 
Simpson, K., Woods, G.P.. 1987. Movements and Habitats of Caribou in the Mountains of Southern British Columbia. Ministry of Environment and Parks. Wildlife Bulletin. B57
 
Topic: Conservation + Mgmt (Wildlife, Fish, Plant)
Keywords: mountain caribou, habitat, home ranges, population estimate, mortality, telemetry, radio-tracking, hunting, logging, roads, reservoir flooding, management, poaching, access
ISSN: 0829-9560 Scientific Name: Rangifer tarandus
ISBN: 0-7726-0717-6 English Name: Caribou
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