Sightings of mountain caribou from a threatened herd have once again prompted the closure of a snowmobiling area on Queest Mountain.
Sled Sicamous announced the temporary closure online on March 4. It extends to the Lake Play area immediately southwest of the area which is closed all winter long as a consideration for the small herd of caribou. The Lake Play area was closed in late January and then reopened a few days later after caribou were spotted there.
Those not familiar with the Queest Mountain snowmobiling area are asked to avoid it until the animals have moved on.
According to the provincial government’s Caribou Recovery Program, many of Southern B.C.’s caribou herds are in decline but the Frisby-Boulder Herd, which sometimes ranges in the Queest area, is especially fragile. Its size was estimated at only 11 animals in late 2019. In January, tracks believed to have been made by four caribou were located on Queest.