Maternity Pen Project

The Maternity Pen Project, directed by the Arrow Lakes Caribou Society, is one of the management actions of ALCS, that can assist in the recovery of Southern Mountain Central Selkirk Caribou.

The maternity pen, located in the Kuskanax Creek area, near Nakusp Hot Springs, will be a safe environment for female caribou to bear and raise their calves, away from predators.

April 29th: ALL SEVEN CENTRAL SELKIRK MATERNITY PEN CARIBOU COWS ARE PREGNANT

The Arrow Lakes Caribou Society is excited to announce that all seven cows in our care in the Central Selkirk Maternity Pen are pregnant. This is consistent with the Provincial average pregnancy rate for southern mountain caribou, which is very high. Calving is expected to begin around the May long weekend so stay tuned for the exciting news.

March 24th: CARIBOU CAPTURE SUCCESSFUL FOR CENTRAL SELKIRK MATERNITY PEN

The Arrow Lakes Caribou Society was successful on March 24th capturing seven adult females and one yearling female caribou from three locations northeast of Nakusp. The caribou are in the maternity pen and adapting nicely. The combined effort of 32 people divided into three teams made this possible along with three helicopters, two snowmobiles, and two skimmers. These capture crews were led by expert wildlife capture personnel, from Bighorn Helicopters, the provincial government Caribou Recovery Team, and local foresters, biologists, local stakeholders, and ALCS volunteers. Caribou were captured and flown inside the helicopter to within the vicinity of the maternity pen, and then transported carefully to the pen via snowmobile and skimmer. At the pen, wildlife veterinarians checked the animals and collected baseline samples and data.

The caribou will be kept in the pen from now through calving in May, until late July or August, depending on various factors including temperature in the pen.

A controlled access zone has been installed on Kuskanax Forest Service Road in the immediate vicinity of the maternity pen, starting just past the Peter Rolston trailhead. A gate and information signage were installed. The gate will be closed as necessary during critical times – for example during calving in May. Slow, quiet, and respectful access will be possible as per instructions on the signage and under the direction of ALCS and the BC Caribou Recovery Program. Sound management in the vicinity of the pen will be paramount to minimize disturbance to the caribou.

Kuskanax Forest Service Road Access Plan for Organizational and Public Use

This is a working document and is subject to change.