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Smithers Snowmobile Association

McKendrick Mountain Goats

McKendrick Mountain goats

The SSA has received a letter in regards to the goats on McKendrick Mountain. Below is the letter given to us by Laura Green. Please read. The SSA has asked for the closure area to be clearly marked for thsoe that don't know where it is. Although the SSA doesn't believe that we are an impact on this goat population, we ask that all snowmobilers avoid this area. Unfortunatley the website doesn't allow us to add the pdf file so if you want it just let us know and we send it to you as an attachment.

Letter from MFLNRORD



I am in touch regarding recreation management for the purposes of goat conservation. You have been identified as a potentially affected stakeholder group. As you may already know, recreation and goat habitat often overlap, which can negatively affect goat populations through a number of mechanisms including increased stress levels and displacement from preferred habitat. A number of areas of conflict between goats and recreational users have been brought to the MFLNRORD’s attention over the past 4 years. While there are conservation concerns that need attention in the immediate future (see McKendrick below), there is a need for a broader conversation about balancing the recreation and goat values across the landscape (see ‘proposed process’ below).

An external source alerted the MFLNRORD to a decline in the McKendrick goat population over the last decade. The source states that the population has declined from 22 animals in 2012 to 8 in 2021. While the MFLNRORD has plans to collect their own data on McKendrick, there appears to be an immediate conservation concern with this population of goats. The mechanisms driving the decline of McKendrick goats have not been assessed, however, threats to this herd may include health factors (e.g. orf virus), forest harvest, winter survival, climate change, and recreation activities. McKendrick will need to be part of a broader conversation (as outlined below), but until then the MFLNRORD is placing a 2-year voluntary motorized and non-motorized year-round closure on Mt. McKendrick (kmz and pdf attached). Signage will be installed ASAP and monitoring of compliance and the goat population will occur throughout the coming winter. We ask that you circulate this information to your members as soon as possible

Laura Green MSc, RP Bio

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