Tuesday, March 06 2012 @ 01:45 PM EST
Contributed by: jkr
Photo courtesy Government of BC
Ross Clarke helps a caribou exit the transport truck into a temporary holding pen prior to release into the Purcell Mountains west of St. Mary's Lake.
March 6, 2012
The transfer was handled by biologists from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, working alongside local First Nations and volunteers, to bolster the fragile population.
The Purcells-South herd, in the East Kootenay region, is estimated to have fewer than 15 individual animals remaining. The additional caribou are expected to increase genetic diversity and overall herd strength.
Courtesy Brennan Clarke
Help is on the way for the mountain caribou, as 19 animals from northern B.C. have been transferred to join a threatened herd in the East Kootenay.
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