The Telkwa caribou herd suffered a serious decline in the mid 1960s, largely the result of excessive hunting. The herd numbered >271 caribou in 1965, falling to >34 in 1968. The herd grew over a period of 20 years to about 70 animals (1986 count of 68 caribou), and appeared to be on the road to recovery. However, counts from 1993 to 1997 ranged from 6 to 13 caribou with minimal calf survival. The Telkwa caribou herd was obviously under a serious threat of being extirpated. After extensive public consultation, a recovery plan was prepared by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks and put into action in 1997. To date, some 30 animals have been introduced from the Sustut-Chase herd to augment the remaining resident Telkwa caribou. 1998 calf survival was 100% (sample of 5). All relocated caribou were fitted with radio telemetry collars for tracking and research purposes. Weekly fixed-wing monitoring flights located the collared caribou and recorded their location via GPS.
Vanderstar, L., Keim, R.. 1999. Telkwa Caribou Herd Recovery Project (TCHRP) (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Proceedings - Conference Biology & Management