Mountain Caribou have been identified as threatened by COSEWIC and as red-listed
(endangered) in British Columbia and have been the centre of conservation concern for a
number of years. There are concerns about the potential impact of backcountry activities
on caribou winter range. Backcountry recreation activities, snowmobiling and heli-skiing
in particular, are considered to be a major conservation concern due to the potential for
displacement of caribou from their winter habitat.
To address this issue, a voluntary two year agreement was entered into with the local
snowmobile clubs from Quesnel, 100 Mile House and Williams Lake, the Ministry of
Sustainable Resource Management and the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection.
This report documents the survey results from Year 1 of a two year study from 21 fixedwing
flights undertaken from between December 20, 2002 and April 21, 2003. The
survey results show that a total of 4 snowmobiles (5 snowmobiles were seen in Bill Miner
Creek which is an area under review) were sighted in closure zones during this period
with 112 snowmobiles seen in caution zones. Snowmobile tracks were also seen in
closure zones but no snowmobiles were seen indicating that there was use but the number
of machines was unknown.
Price, Geoff. 2003. Snowmobile-Caribou Surveys Within the Quesnel Highlands, Cariboo Region 2003 report. Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection