4.4 Monitoring and Inventory

We will develop a standard monitoring and inventory process to keep the Caribou Recovery Plan database current. Monitoring will track caribou herds to assess the impacts of our management actions. It will also record other changes, such as predator numbers or climate change effects, which could significantly impact our planning choices. Monitoring will also record impacts on other wildlife, and on human userĀ  groups.

7 responses to “4.4 Monitoring and Inventory

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    [-] Bryce

    While monitoring is a key part of knowing what is going on, & what changes need to be made, i think it's important to be able to react quickly to the data collected. The South Selkirk herd lost 60% of the herd in just 6 years due largely to all the extra wolves in the area. Biologists knew what was going on, but couldn't act quickly enough to stop the hemorrhaging. By the time the wolf cull began things were almost over for this herd. Now with just 3 animals remaining, down from 46 10 years ago, the herd is functionally extirpated. A clear case of "Too little too late"!!

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    [-] Clinton

    Monitoring needs to include a faster response when caribou mortality is detected. When a caribou is killed by a predator, a fast response to the site is needed to determine which predator actually killed the animal. It is likely that in parts of the province, wolves are being blamed for mortality that was actually caused by another species such as grizzly bear.

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    [-] Alexander

    Monitoring and fast reaction to the data collected is critical, as well as taking the necessary steps to protect herds while their food sources can recovery from resource extraction. This includes the need for winter feeding, penning, predator control, road deactivation and access restrictions, etc. To collect the necessary data requires funding improvements, but to act on the data requires significant and meaningful funding improvements. Right now there is only enough money being allocated to observe and record the declines in some populations, but little to no money to do anything about it. They need funding to allow for recovery planning and the execution of those plans.

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    [-] Benjamin

    Monitoring is huge. Do we really have a handle on the rate of population decreases? The South Selkirk herd was 11 in the winter of 16/17 and then in 17/18 it is down to 3 females with a planned maternal pen? We need to act sooner on the herds that might still have a chance at rebounding to a sustainable population.

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    [-] Victor

    Monitoring should occur via stratified random block surveys every five years. Between collaring, camera trapping, citizen science, and aerial inventory work there may be more efficient and cost effective means to monitor caribou populations. The results of inventory need to inform an adaptive approach to landscape level management.

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    [-] Scott

    Again, invest money where it makes a real difference to caribou, not just studies and data collection.
    Increasing predator numbers and climate change are facts. Climate change we can do little about. While it is appropriate to monitor predator numbers, simply tracking increasing predator numbers will not help caribou recover.

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    [-] Mark

    The frequency of monitoring must be established in legislation and not be subject to ad hoc funding.

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