Caribou get a winter break from snowmobiles at Revelstoke
May 20, 2011
Closures at three local snowmobile areas near Revelstoke, BC, will help protect mountain caribou and recover the Selkirks herd population of this endangered North American mammal.
Snowmachines still have plenty of territory to explore - and caribou get the habitat protections promised by a 2009 caribou recovery plan.
Conservation Northwest and our BC allies pushed hard for the recreation closure, recommended by scientists as part of the 2009 Mountain Caribou Recovery Plan. The caribou management area around Revelstoke was one of the areas remaining in the plan where promised public recreation closures had not yet been implemented.
“Caribou are already hurting in winter—undermined by scarce food, harsh weather, and threats of avalanche. They don’t need the added, potentially lethal, stress of snowmachines,” said Conservation Northwest’s international conservation director Joe Scott.