4.2 Herd Plans

One of our most important guiding principles is to use consistent, fact-based approaches with all caribou herds in the province. We will adopt a new format of ‘herd plans’ that will:

  • Provide a consistent approach to managing all herds in C.
  • Recognize the unique circumstances of each herd
  • Build from current (legacy) caribou management plans
  • Consider First Nations’ and stakeholder interests and ideas
  • Be included in larger regional plans

Herd plans will describe the status of each herd, and  the threats faced by that herd. The plans will take note of previous actions, and actions that are planned. As we implement the herd plans, we will carefully monitor how well the caribou respond, and modify our  actions as needed. Herd plans will help us document our decisions and discuss issues with First Nations and with stakeholders

6 responses to “4.2 Herd Plans

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    [-] Kelly

    Monitoring of the herds requires radio and GPS collars. In the 2016-2018 hunting and trapping synopsis hunters are asked not to shoot collared animals. Considering the vital data that is being collected a large fine would make more sense than a plea to the conscience of hunters.

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    [-] Clinton

    Different herds face different conditions. Some face a more fragmented landscape than others, and some have ranges that contain more area that is already protected than others. Some face high levels of wolf predation while others are likely seeing higher predation from grizzly bears. The government needs to consider factors that are actually effecting each herd instead of placing blanket protection measures across the entire province.

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    [-] Janice

    I'm not a biologist or knowledgeable about all the aspects involved in the protection from extinction of a species such as the Caribou, but in regard to another's comment about hunting; should there not be a BAN on hunting caribou for anyone other than indigenous subsistence hunting? To make a recommendation to hunters to not kill study animals with a collar sounds like absolute nonsense. I'm sure some people may be so ignorant as to kill a study animal. How about NO HUNTING CARIBOU with or without a collar without explicit hunting rights (indigenous peoples in northern areas). With heavy fines attached, and the officers on the ground to enforce.

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    [-] Carolee

    The idea of merging the South Selkirk and South Purcell herds makes sense to this layperson. Obviously the decision has to be made with the best available science.

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    [-] Alex

    All of the herds need to be merged, or corridors should be established so the herds can intermingle.

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    [-] Scott

    While planning is paramount to the execution of any effective project, we must be careful to apply the majority of our resources, including both time and money, to executing solutions – not just conducting studies and gathering information.
    Land use plans are important as they start conversations about values. If government is serious about caribou recovery, we must change the status quo. The continued decline of caribou populations requires more aggressive solutions.

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