Mountain caribou are of special concern provinciall because of their dependence on soem of the old-growth forests that are being removed by forest-harvesting activities. Stevenson and Hatler's (1985) extensive review documented the conflict between mountain caribou habitat requirements and forest management in British Columbia. The Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks set forth the problem succinctly:
The mountain caribou... found in central and south-eastern British Columbia has declined significantly during this decade, due largely to the loss, alteration and fragmentation of important habitat. Mountain caribou are adapted to use large areas of continuous habitat. Past and present forest management practices, wildfire and human habitation have led to a decline in the amount of habitat available overall and to fragmentation of many remaining habitats.
Simpson, K., Terry, E.; Hamilton, D.. 1997. Toward a Mountain Caribou Management Strategy for British Columbia - Habitat Requirements and Sub-population Status. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Wildlife Working Report. WR90