Concerns continue around endangered mountain caribou

The Valhalla Wilderness Society is again calling  for a moratorium on logging, while the province and federal government talks continue when it comes to protecting endangered mountain caribou.

Director Craig Pettitt says 11 years after the Mountain Caribou Recovery Implementation Plan was finalized, the Central Selkirk herd is down to only 25 animals, and now the province wants another two years to complete new herd plans.

In the meantime he says there's talk about logging some of the herds last remaining old growth forest along Trout Lake in the Lardeau River Valley.

He says there's a comment period coming up at the end of the month on the Caribou recovery site, and they're hoping residents will express their concerns to the government.

According to Pettitt, predator control isn't enough, he says they need to secure adequate low level old growth habitat for the caribou.

Pettitt says it's an urgent situation, saying south of the Trans Canada Highway five herds have been lost, 4 since the Caribou Recovery Plan came into effect.