Movements and Habitats of Caribou in the Mountains of Southern British Columbia

Movements and Habitats of Caribou in the Mountains of Southern British Columbia

Microform - 1987
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Woodland caribou populations are declining in British Columbia and are no longer present on many of their former ranges. This study attempts to define the most critical times and habitats of mountain caribou using radio-collared animals. The study area lies within the Interior Wet Belt and encompasses the drainage of the Columbia River between Revelstoke and Mica. All radio-collared animals were located approximately every 2 weeks from March 1981 to September 1985, with accuracy verified by observation of tracks. Time and activity data were recorded for sighted groups and, whenever possible, these groups were classified by sex and age. Group size was estimated by counting tracks or beds when animals were not sighted. Most information was obtained from November to July each year, subdivided into 4 seasons. Habitat units were classified based primarily on forest cover and biogeoclimatic groupings were classified based on forest cover mapping. Food habits, particularly in winter and spring, were documented through observation of animals, examinations of feeding sites, winter tracking, and fecal analysis.
Publisher: Nelson, B.C. : Ministry of Environment and Parks, Wildlife Branch, 1987
Description: 36 p. : ill
ISBN: 9780772607171
Branch Call Number: MF BC-DOC 89-00365


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