Modelling Population Dynamics of the Itcha-Ilgachuz Caribou Herd
This project will use computer modeling techniques to examine the population dynamics of the Itcha-Ilgachuz caribou herd in west central British Columbia. This large herd is a potential source, from which caribou could be transplanted to small endangered mountain caribou herds in Southern BC to help boost their numbers. Previously acquired data on the Itcha-Ilgachuz herd, including post-calving, rut and late winter population surveys, radio-telemetry data and hunter harvest data will be used to construct and fit a population dynamics model and provide information on survival and reproduction rates of these caribou. This will allow examination of past and current population trends. This model will then be used to simulate different management options (for example, various options for the number of caribou to be removed) and predict the consequences for the Itcha-Ilgachuz population as well as hunting opportunities on this herd.