Science and Research
A substantial catalogue of scientific research on caribou management has been amassed over the span of decades, both in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada. B.C. continues to invest significant resources in projects in many areas of caribou science. Our science and research program will bring forward existing research, and invest in new science to inform caribou recovery and management and support all other components of the caribou recovery program.
We plan to develop a Strategic Science Plan to support caribou recovery, and envision establishing a Provincial Caribou Science Committee made up of biologists from across the province. The committee will work with regional staff to set objectives for caribou science and research.
Population size and good habitat are factors important in caribou recovery. We also need to better understand caribou health to help preserve and protect the species.
Improved wildlife health monitoring will strengthen our future herd management decisions. The B.C. Wildlife Health Program will develop standardized sample collection methods from live and dead animals to provide reliable data.
A new formal caribou health research program that is under development will directly support and complement ongoing caribou management and conservation work. The research will help us understand the impacts of various stressors on caribou health, and shed light on how health and genetics can affect the strength of caribou herds.