Rare sightings of woodland caribou reported in NW Montana

Rare sightings of woodland caribou reported in NW Montana
Montana FWP

Montanans near the U.S./Canada border have reported seeing woodland caribou.

The multiple sightings are rare, despite the animals being native to the area. Caribou have almost completely disappeared from the contiguous U.S. over the last half century, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Experts said Woodland caribou herds once stretched from central British Columbia to Idaho, Montana and Washington. The decline in population is largely attributed to high mortality linked to habitat fragmentation, alteration, loss of old growth forest, and subsequent predation impacts.

Residents have recently reported rare sightings of woodland caribou in northwest Montana.
Read more here: http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishAndWildlife/nr_1161.html

Posted by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (Region 1) on Friday, November 9, 2018

Woodland caribou are now protected in the U.S. and B.C.

“There are three weeks left of big-game hunting season in Montana. Hunters are reminded to be sure of their target and beyond,” said Neil Anderson, FWP Region 1 wildlife manager.

Get your weather forecast from people that actually live in your community. We update with short, easy-to-use video forecasts you can watch on your phone every day. Download the iOS or Android app here.