Snowmobiling is a popular recreational activity that can promote use and appreciation of wilderness areas. Snowmobiles are also an important tool for trappers and others who work in snow-covered areas. However, detrimental effects on wildlife populations by the increasing use of snowmobiles could occur and must be prevented.
Little information exists on the response of mountain caribou (Rangifer Tarandus Caribou) to human disturbances. Some information is available on the response of northern caribou to vehicles, aircraft and construction activities, and considerable data are available on the responses of deer to snowmobile use on their winter ranges.
Simpson, Keith. 1987. The Effects of Snowmobiling on Winter Range Use by Mountain Caribou. Ministry of Environment and Parks. Wildlife Working Report. WR25