A local conservation group says the situation facing local caribou herds is worse than originally thought.
Biologists say there are only four animals left in the South Purcells herd, down from 13 reported last year.
This only two weeks after reports there are only three caribou left in the South Selkirks herd.
Wildsight’s John Berganske says actions need to be taken immediately for both herds to survive.
“We don’t know yet exactly why they’ve disappeared this year,” Berganske says. “Its possible there’s predation, its possible there was an avalanche, its even possible there’s been some human interference. You just absolutely don’t know until there’s some more evidence toward that.”
Berganske says he’s not sure what option will be taken to keep what remains of the species locally alive.
“My guess is those animals will be brought together. We have three females in the South Selkirks and three males and one female in the Purcells,” Berganske says. “Either they will be somewhere together or joined with another herd or perhaps even a captive breeding program.”
Berganske is calling out the BC government for its failure to stop the loss of caribou provincewide.
He says while a new $27 million Mountain Caribou Recovery Plan has been announced, it contains no concrete steps to help the species today.
– Wildsight Conservation Director John Berganske