This report identifies work completed for the Kechika wolf/ungulate management project during the 1983/84 fiscal year and describes wolf and ungulate population responses to wolf removal. Although low snow accumulations made wolf removal difficult, 101 wolves, or 73% of the 1984 pre-reduction estimate, were removed from the Kechika reduction area. In the portion of the Kechika where wolves were removed, the number of moose calves/100 cows increased from 12, in March 1982, to 58 in March 1984 (+483%); by contrast, calf numbers declined from 19/100 cows to six during the corresponding period in the untreated area (-68%), resulting in a ten-fold difference in calf survival between the two areas.
Elliott, J. P.. 1984. Kechika Enhancement Project of Northeastern B.C. Wolf/Ungulate Management 1983-84 Annual Report. Ministry of Environment. Wildlife Working Report. WR-6