3.3 Program Challenges



We recognize there will be challenges in reaching our Caribou Recovery Program goals. Some include:

•Recovering all B.C.’s caribou herds may not be feasible, without unlimited funding and control over land use. We will need to prioritize our decisions for all 54 herds.
•The public and industry will not be supportive of all our decisions. Our challenge is to collaborate with groups and bring them on board as stewardship partners.
•New, comprehensive herd plans for caribou recovery will likely modify existing Cabinet-approved caribou implementation plans.
•There may be differences between federal and provincial government goals for effective conservation and recovery of caribou. We are currently working to bridge those gaps.

8 responses to “3.3 Program Challenges

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    [-] Sally

    Sounds wonderful. Killing wolves however will not resound with anyone. The problem with removing one species to protect another rarely works and often causes more problems. The problem is really fairly simple. Get the forestry industry under control!

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    [-] Alexander

    Emergency measures like predator control are just that, emergency. They are effective to slow the crash while the habitat is recovered. Predator control alone will not do anything. High quality habitat is critical. Provincial Biologists need the funding and authority to do what needs to be done. Science based management is the only correct way to take care of habitat and wildlife. As a hunter, I support science based management and will accept any changes based on science. The resource sector and forestry sector needs to be held accountable for the habitat destruction, but it was past provincial government inaction which got us here. Wildlife and habitat management should be depoliticized, well funded, and widely supported.

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    [-] Bryce

    Just because a group doesn't like a decision made by government, doesn't mean that decision is wrong. I don't like having to pay taxes, but i know i need to in order for all Canadians to have the infrastructure and services we enjoy.

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    [-] Carolee

    The logging industry is not going to like any restrictions. This industry is no longer the big job provider that it used to be. Let's keep that in perspective. We should not be logging the old growth forests that caribou need for lichen.
    Also snowmobilers are not going to like any restrictions on freedom to go wherever they choose. But snowmobile routes pack down the snow and make it easier for predators to get to the caribou in their winter refuges.

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    [-] Carolee

    I would add that heli-ski operations are potentially adverse for caribou. Has this been studied?

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    [-] Benjamin

    BC's Mountain Caribou have the odds stacked against them. We have affected their habitats and travel corridors. We have allowed for a scenario to develop that favors increased predator populations as well as the global climate has been sightly changing with negative effect to the health of the caribou. What happened to the Banff mountain caribou herd? Extirpated…. not one left and yet zero logging. How about the Jasper herd? Not doing well either yet in a protected land area, a National Park! Logging in caribou habitat definitely has an effect on the caribou but what is happening to populations where there is no logging? Protection of habitat is crucial but for recovery of some of these smaller herds we also need to establish real management of recreational use in caribou habitats and a long term plan for predator populations. We have an affect on everything! How can we manage prey, habitat, winter ranges, and not the predators?

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    [-] Jared

    Both predator and prey management is key in this conversation. The Gov't needs to show leadership by following wildlife managers advice & evidence based science and do not pander to populist beliefs. Now is not the time to make this political such as the current gov't has done with other species management of this province. Caribou require strong leadership in making difficult decisions which might go against the majority of the Urban centers beliefs on how to manage this species. Same will need to be applied to industry tenure holders that will be adversely effected by management decisions to recovery and start growing caribou populations again for the first tiem in decades in this province.

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    [-] Scott

    Focus efforts within the scope of impact. There are things that we can control (logging, access, habitat protection, predator density, etc.) and things we cannot (climate change, etc.) Let’s focus our resources on the factors we can make a meaningful impact upon.

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