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RCRW Thrilled to Launch Project to Restore Caribou Population in Revelstoke Area

On Monday, March 24, a team of specialists captured 12 female mountain caribou from the Columbia North herd and transferred them to our specially-built maternity pen north of Revelstoke. Their calves will be born safely away from the caribous’ many predators. The caribou will be fed and monitored, and stay in the pen until early July. This gives the young a chance to grow and gain strength before they’re released back into the wild.

Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild (RCRW) team releases two pregnant caribou in the safety of the maternity pen. Photo by Rob Buchanan.

Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild (RCRW) team releases two pregnant caribou in the safety of the maternity pen. Photo by Rob Buchanan.

Current calf survival rates in the wild can’t sustain the species in our region, so the maternity penning program is designed to increase the survival rate over the next five years to restore the population.

We are so thankful to the many collaborators involved in the project, from government to industry to First Nations, recreational users to resource extraction. All have come together to help this fragile species, and we are happy to launch the project.

Read the full press release here, and check out our photostream on Flickr for some great photos taken by Rob Buchanan.

Likin’ lichen: Collecting Food for Caribou

Caribou migrate up and down mountains in search of seasonally available food. In the winter, their diet consists exclusively of tree lichen. We are grateful to all the volunteers who have helped us collect lichen to feed caribou while they are in the maternity pen. Even the local ski resort got involved, by providing freeContinue Reading

Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club details support for caribou penning

By Gary Krestinsky, Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club president Part eight of an ongoing column and story series exploring the Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild maternity penning plan. This story first appeared in the Revelstoke Times Review.  The Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club has passed a resolution to support the Caribou Rearing Project that is currentlyContinue Reading