Klinse-Za Maternal Penning Project Releases 19 Caribou

FOR: West Moberly First Nations 
and Saulteau First Nations 
JULY 10, 2014 
Klinse-Za Maternal Penning Project Releases 19 Caribou 
SOUTH PEACE REGION, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 10, 2014) - 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. 
Media Contact:
PNCC Steering Committee
Ray Proulx
(250) 467-3194
INDUSTRY:  Professional Services - Associations 
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