Shúhta Goɂępę́, the Northern Mountain population (NMP) of woodland caribou was assessed by the Committee on Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as a species of special concern in 2002 and was listed as such under the Species at Risk Act in 2005. Section 65 of the Act requires the competent minister to prepare management plans for species of special concern.
The Canadian Wildlife Service (Pacific and Yukon Region, Environment Canada) and Government of Yukon led the development of this management plan in cooperation with all of the jurisdictions that have responsibility for management of lands and wildlife within the range of this population of caribou, and therefore have the jurisdictional mandate to implement the plan. Two territories, one province, more than 30 First Nations and three wildlife management boards were invited to contribute to the development of this plan.
The resulting Northern Mountain Caribou Management Team included a Technical Working Group, Steering Committee and a Co-Chairs committee. The Technical Working Group was formed to collectively draft the management plan and provide guidance, relevant information, and technical support. The Steering Committee assessed the adequacy of the plan in addressing jurisdictional concerns regarding status and management of the Northern Mountain population of woodland caribou. The Co-Chairs committee held meetings and discussions to coordinate activities and achieve tasks as directed by the Steering Committee. Terms of Reference for this process are included in Appendix 1. After the draft plan was completed by the Northern Mountain Caribou Management Team, formal consultations occurred with all governments, boards and agencies within the range of NMP.