The Southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 1984. This population of woodland caribou spends most of its time north of the U.S./ Canadian border. Multiple attempts to augment the population in the late 1980s and 1990s into the Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho and northeastern Washington resulted in a modest, but temporary increase to the size of this population. The current unofficial estimated number of remaining animals in the Southern Selkirk herd stands at around 46 individuals. A recent winter aerial survey found only four woodland caribou on the U.S. side of the international border in Idaho in 2012.
In 2008, OSC provided comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ request for new information on woodland caribou during their 5-year status review. Those comments can be found below.
In November 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publish a proposed rule for critical habitat designation for the Southern Selkirk Mountains population of woodland caribou. The State of Idaho’s comments on the proposal can also be found below.
- 2012 State of Idaho Comments on Proposed Caribou Critical Habitat Designation
- 2008 Caribou Status Review Comments