This report outlines the goals and objectives of the wildlife program with special emphasis on Stone's Sheep, elk, caribou and moose in the Muskwa Project Area of northeast British Columbia. Described are the study area and the population status of those species present, in comparison tot heir past and future potential. Reference is given tot he range enhancement that has been undertaken to augment those populations and the supply and demand for those species. Major declines in numbers of the four large mammal species from past levels are documented and excessively high mortality of animals prior to breeding age is identified as a major cause of the declines and as a limit to recovery. Much of this mortality appears to result from predation by wolves which occur in the area at a very high density. A program of wolf management is proposed to reduce the mortality of young sheep, elk, caribou, and moose to allow those populations to increase and take advantage of vacant or underutilized range and the range enhancement that has been done. Monitoring and review are an integral part of the program.
Elliott, J. P.. 1984. Muskwa Project Working Plan. Ministry of Environment. Wildlife Working Report. WR-7