Klinse-Za Maternal Penning Project Releases 19 Caribou

Klinse-Za Maternal Penning Project Releases 19 Caribou 
SOUTH PEACE REGION, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/10/14 -- 
 Monday July 7th marked a monumental occasion for Treaty 8 First
Nations with the release of 19 caribou that were part of a Klinse-Za
maternal penning project coordinated by West Moberly First Nations
and Saulteau First Nations in partnership with the technical and
operational expertise of Wildlife Infometrics Inc. and West Fraser
Mills Ltd.. Approximately 50 participants gathered on a mountain side
in the Pine Pass for opening prayers by Saulteau First Nations Elder
Jack Davis and West Moberly First Nations Councillor Laura Webb
before taking their positions to observe and gently usher 10 cows and
9 calves out a 4 ha enclosure into the mountains from which they
came. 
The project was an emergency measure recommended for the Klinse-Za
caribou herd in a recovery action plan developed by West Moberly
First Nations. Following an extensive amount of planning, efforts
were initiated in March of 2014 with the construction of the pen that
would house the 10 cows, which were transported from the Klinse-Za
and Scott herds. The purpose of the penning was to protect pregnant
cows and their young from excessive predation during calving season.
By implementing the project, the First Nations partners are taking
steps to avert extirpation of the Klinse-Za herd and demonstrating
the viability of maternal penning to help bolster other vulnerable
caribou populations in the South Peace region of Northeastern BC. A
great deal of support was provided to the project by the Province of
BC, Environment Canada, Resources North Association, Spectra Energy,
Teck Resources Ltd., TransCanada Corp., AngloAmerican and Walter
Energy. 
In short, the Klinse-Za Maternal Penning project is being heralded as
a resounding success by everyone that was involved. West Moberly
First Nations Chief Roland Willson shared his thoughts on the
project, "It is a very sad state of affairs that we are in a place
where we have to intervene in order to ensure the survival of these
animals. It is very exciting that we are here and able to help. We
have taken an endangered herd and added 9 new calves. For that we are
very grateful. Thank you to all those who have helped. Now hopefully
these little ones will make it to adulthood". Saulteau First Nations
Council added a collective statement regarding the long-term benefits
of the initiative, "Considering the cumulative impacts on our land
and treaty rights, this project is essential in protecting our
ability to practice our way of life. Historically, caribou played a
big role in our First Nations health and survival. Our people are
working together in unity to protect these caribou so they are no
longer an endangered animal. It is our inherent right as First
Nations to protect the land for the future generations to come. We
are honored to be part of the project and thank everyone for their
hard work." 
Plans are already underway for next season's edition of the project,
as Technical Team member Brian Pate elaborates, "We will be
monitoring the released caribou over the next year to help assess the
ultimate success of the project. Also, with the demonstrated success
that we have had thus far, we are embarking on a larger 5-year
strategy of maternal penning, predator management and habitat
restoration which we hope will work towards building self-sustaining
populations of caribou throughout the South Peace." The Peace
Northern Caribou Committee is actively seeking contributions,
financial and in-lieu, to help cover project expenses for the
upcoming year. 
About PNCC 
The Peace Northern Caribou Committee (PNCC) is a collaborative
regional forum initiated by First Nations that is focused on the
recovery of caribou populations in the South Peace region of
Northeastern BC. This forum, which includes representatives from
First Nations, Mining, Energy, Forestry and Government, develops
local action-based initiatives to assist the South Peace Region's
at-risk caribou herds and provides advice to the Province of BC for
their South Peace Northern Implementation Plan. 
Contacts:
Media Contact:
PNCC Steering Committee
Ray Proulx
(250) 467-3194
DownwaterUnion@gmail.com
 
 
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