12 caribou calves to be released in mid-August

CHETWYND, B.C. – There will be some new neighbours roaming around the Chetwynd area later this summer. The Fis…

CHETWYND, B.C. – There will be some new neighbours roaming around the Chetwynd area later this summer.

The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program announced that 12 caribou calves will be released around mid-August.

According to a release from the FWCP, 12 of the 13 penned cows were pregnant, the second highest pregnancy rate the pen has had.

The first calf was born on May 9th and is a male, the last was born on June 16th and was female.

For one cow, this is the third year she hasn’t birthed a calf. The cow was also in the pen in 2014 and 2016 where she did end up birthing calves.

The calves are planned to be released on August 14th, that way the youngest calf will be eight weeks old and has a better chance against any predators.

The FWCP has also been monitoring 13 collared cows in the wild. Ten of these cows were pregnant, and three were also assumed to be pregnant. The first calf for the collared cows was born on May 10th and the last on June 19th.

This year, FWCP captured and collared three wild calves, the first caught on May 15th and the last one on June 15th.

Last year, West Moberly First Nations, Saulteau First Nations, B.C. and Ottawa signed a partnership agreement to recover the endangered central group of southern mountain caribou.

The partnership agreement is centred around the Klinse-za (Twin Sisters) mountains and the Klinse-za caribou herd.

In July 2020, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation approved grants to support caribou habitat in B.C. worth almost $1.1 million.


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