Caribou Face Extinction Due to Development
In central BC an important population has declined more than 60%
Dr. Chris Johnson, an ecologist from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, has been studying a distinct population in the central mountain region of BC and Alberta, which has lost more than 60 % of its numbers in the last twenty years. GPS collaring of the animals has shown that they avoid disturbances, such as road building, forestry, coal mining and oil and gas development, which has drastically reduced their habitat.
These disturbances have also led to more predators entering the area and fewer places for the caribou to hide from them. Dr. Johnson suggests that all this means that this important population of caribou are at definite risk of extinction.