Southern mountain caribou are endangered and could be lost in our generation. Not accepting that fate, West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nations, with the support of Wildlife Infometrics Inc., began an ambitious recovery effort and did the impossible.
Once described by Elders as abundant “as bugs on the landscape”, these caribou declined to only 38 by 2013. Extirpation (local extinction) was imminent within years.
However, First Nations and partners enacted emergency measures to avert total loss. These Indigenous-led recovery actions stimulated unprecedented population growth, with the herd tripling in under a decade. With the threat of extirpation reduced, First Nations secured a landmark agreement that protected nearly 8,000 square kilometers of caribou habitat.
Join Y2Y Liber Ero fellow Dr. Clayton Lamb as he discusses his collaborative research on the efforts and actions of two Indigenous communities in northern British Columbia, which have resulted in major gains for a particularly vulnerable group of caribou.
This new study was led by UBC Okanagan with facilitation, funding and other support from Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
This online talk will take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time / 7 p.m. Mountain Time. Please RSVP to secure a spot.
About the speaker
Dr. Clayton Lamb – Liber Ero Fellow
Dr. Clayton Lamb is a wildlife scientist at the University of British Columbia where he holds a Liber Ero Fellowship. Clayton works across western North America supporting local people and First Nations to achieve species recovery and wildlife coexistence.