6.4 Supplemental Feeding

Caribou herds may leave their preferred habitat because of predation, access roads or other human activities. In a new habitat, they may have fewer or less nutritious food, which could reduce their survival, pregnancy and juvenile growth rates.

Ongoing research projects suggest that large-scale supplemental feeding could offset the lack of good food in the wild, and may be a practical way to promote population growth. There are two experimental supplemental feeding programs in the province: the Kennedy Siding herd low elevation winter range, and the Telkwa herd high elevation winter range.

3 responses to “6.4 Supplemental Feeding

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    [-] Eric

    And every single weekend in the winter there are amateur photographers harassing the caribou using the Kennedy siding feeding stations. People chasing the caribou through the forest trying to take pictures, pushing them off the feeding stations, habituating wild animals with human interaction, attempting to hand feed. I'd love to see these feeding stations relocated in the vicinity and do not publicize them. Help them recover, but let wild animals be wild. Fines should be given out to people who leave their vehicles. Perhaps make designated viewing areas where people can view the animals from an appropriate distance.

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    [-] Victor

    Support this as an interim measure for penning and small populations

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    [-] Tom

    Supp feeding serves to concentrate animals. Only to be done when lack of adequate feed demonstrated; may serve to concentrate animals and promote predation.

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