Mountain Caribou depend upon large
tracts of old-growth forest in the Interior
Wet Belt. Over the past century,
old forests in this high snowfall zone
of southeastern British Columbia have
become far less abundant. Habitat has
been lost to fires,timber harvesting,hydroelectric
reservoirs, and human settlement.
In many places, the remaining habitat
occurs in small patches. The loss and fragmentation
of old-growth forests may cause
caribou to abandon some areas. It
also increases the risk that caribou
will be killed by predators or poachers,
or disturbed by outdoor recreationists.
guidelines have been developed for
all herds of Mountain Caribou in
British Columbia, and most herds
are being monitored, but habitat
alteration continues to pose a threat.
Kinley, Trevor. 1999. Mountain Caribou. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Species at Risk Brochure
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: species at risk, sara, mountain caribou, endangered, threatened
Scientific Name: Rangifer tarandus pop. 15
English Name: Caribou (Northern Mountain Population)
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