Parks Canada has released a Conservation Strategy for Southern Mountain Caribou in Canada’s National Parks (PDF, 2.7 MB) to guide caribou conservation actions in the mountain national parks of Banff, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier. The strategy identifies key threats to the caribou populations and outlines actions to help mitigate these threats.
Hard copies of the Conservation Strategy for Southern Mountain Caribou in Canada’s National Parks are available by request.
Online Survey Results
Parks Canada values your input and suggestions to help us make the best possible management decisions in support of woodland caribou conservation. From November 25th, 2011 through January 31st, 2012, comments were collected from interested Canadians through an on-line survey. Thank you to everyone who took time to respond. Parks Canada received over 150 comments from across Canada.
Here are the results of that survey (PDF, 1.6 MB).
Parks Canada is currently engaged in discussions with Aboriginal communities in Alberta and British Columbia who have a defined historic connection to the mountain national parks. Feedback from these sessions will be used to help guide revisions to the Conservation Strategy.
Here is the latest news on caribou research and conservation in the mountain national parks.
Research update on woodland caribou - December 2012 (PDF 1,9 MB)
Research update on woodland caribou - Spring 2012 (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Research update on woodland caribou - November 2011 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Jasper National Park
What do you think about proposed caribou conservation actions in Jasper National Park?
- Caribou Conservation Action - Proposed changes to winter recreational access (Date of posting: March 22, 2013)
- SEND YOUR COMMENTS to email@example.com or to the address below. Parks Canada anticipates reaching a decision on actions to be implemented for the 2013-14 winter season in May, 2013. Comments submitted before April 19, 2013, will help inform this decision making process.
- In February 2013, Parks Canada met with regional winter recreational users of Jasper National Park. As part of these discussions, participants were presented with information on the proposed changes to winter access.
How to get involved
Provide input: Public information sessions and opportunities to participate in consultation on specific conservation actions will take place in each national park as they apply. Conservation actions will vary among the mountain national parks due to unique circumstances in each area.
Jasper National Park:
Submit your comments on proposed caribou conservation actions as outlined in the Conservation Update section above.
Become a volunteer “Caribou Ambassador”:
LEARN about caribou
SHARE the knowledge
PROTECT a Species at Risk
Participate as a:
- Trail Ambassador or Trailhead host for the Maligne Lake and Cavell/Tonquin Areas
- Community Outreach volunteer
To find out about upcoming information sessions, the caribou ambassador program or to receive caribou conservation updates from Parks Canada, please contact us by email, phone, fax or mail at the following address:
Parks Canada Caribou
Jasper National Park
P.O. Box 10
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- The southern mountain population of woodland caribou has declined across western Canada. Listed as a Threatened Species under Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA), southern mountain caribou range includes parts of Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Jasper and Banff National Parks.
- The Conservation Strategy for Southern Mountain Caribou in Canada’s National Parks is meant specifically to engage Canadians in caribou conservation by outlining Parks Canada’s conservation actions within the mountain national parks. It will also provide important information in the development of an Environment Canada-led recovery stategy for the entire population of southern mountain caribou as listed under Canada's Species at Risk Act.
Woodland caribou numbers are declining across Canada. Five Key threats to woodland caribou populations in the mountain parks have been identified and actions proposed to reduce these threats. Each action may or may not be applicable in all four of the mountain national parks (Banff, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier).
1. Changes to predator-prey populations in and around caribou habitat
- Keep primary prey for caribou predators low by preventing “elk refuges”
- Monitor predator populations to anticipate their impact on caribou recovery
- Maintain/monitor caribou population size and habitat
2. Facilitated access for predators to caribou
- Provide visitors with opportunities for recreation in areas not important for caribou while restricting recreation in caribou habitat
- Discontinue setting early season ski tracks that lead to caribou winter habitat
3. Direct disturbance
- Reduce speed zones on roads through important habitat
- Implement periodic seasonal trail and road closures
- Relocate trails away from important caribou habitat
- Educate park visitors to avoid disturbing caribou
4. Habitat loss
- Use prescribed fire in areas away from caribou habitat to maintain a safe distance between caribou and their predators
- Use prescribed burns to guard against large fires within caribou habitat
- Development within important caribou habitat to be considered under exceptional circumstances only, and must not adversely affect caribou
5. The increased threats faced by populations that have already become dangerously small
- Re-introduce or add caribou where herd sizes are critically low
- Manage other threats to prevent caribou populations from becoming small
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If you want to learn more about caribou conservation in the mountain national parks, visit Parks Canada's Species at Risk page.
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