Take Care in “Caribou Corridor”

CaribouIf you are travelling over Kootenay Pass on Highway 3, you could see the majestic mountain caribou.

A small herd of about 40 animals travels year-round across the pass summit. To reduce the chances of close encounters of the collision kind, warning signs have been installed in the seven-kilometre area.

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Environment developed the enhanced signs for the “Caribou Corridor,” to protect motorists and this species at risk. Large signs are posted at both ends of the corridor, along with two smaller warning signs within the route. The signs have a bright fluorescent yellow background, and a tab that encourages motorists to reduce speed when wildlife is nearby. In addition, an information kiosk at the summit of Kootenay Pass educates motorists and backcountry users about the animals.

Unlike caribou that live further north, mountain caribou do not have wide ranging migrations. Instead, they move up and down the slopes of the wet, mountainous interior forests, according to the season and snow conditions.

  • When the snow melts in early spring, they move downslope.
  • In May and June, they scale higher to deliver their young.
  • In autumn, when the snow is too soft to stand on, it’s back downslope.
  • Then, as the snow firms up with winter, the caribou move up again.

So while travelling through Canada’s highest year-round highway pass, watch for four-legged travellers migrating up and down the mountains. Keep any wildlife encounters impact-free for you and the caribou!

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4 Responses to Take Care in “Caribou Corridor”

  1. Syl Turner on December 2, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    We heard there are about 12-14 left, according to a biologist in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, we talked to him this year.

    • tranbceditor on December 4, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Wow! Even more reason to take care – isn’t it? Thanks for sharing Syl.

      • Arnie Powell on December 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm

        The project is a joke that should be scrapped.

        • tranbceditor on December 4, 2017 at 5:08 pm

          Hi Arnie,

          We are sorry to hear this. Is there something in particular you disagree with or just the whole thing in general?

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