Logging and forest fires have reduced some of the woodland caribou’s preferred old forest habitats. The open meadows and young forest or early seral landscapes newly abundant with grass and shrubs attract moose, elk and deer. In turn, these primary prey species attract wolves, bears and cougars, which often choose caribou as secondary prey.
Reducing these other prey species in and around caribou habitat may help reduce the presence of predators, and protect caribou herds. This idea is being tested in pilot projects to reduce moose numbers in the Parsnip and Revelstoke areas. Findings from these ongoing projects will influence decisions for matrix (multiple species) habitat, and could lead to a standard approach in similar habitats.