For the second time this year, wildlife workers say a Canadian caribou has wandered into Montana. The animal moved from the Cranbrook, British Columbia area, to the Purcell Mountains area, near the state?s Yaak river.
The possibly pregnant cow is from the same herd that biologists brought to British Columbia to augment an existing herd. If the caribou gives birth, it would be the first caribou birth in Montana in over fifty years. A biologist in Libby is tracking the animal, and wildlife workers say it picked a good place to wander if it ends up giving birth.
?They calf typically around June first. There is a chance that she?ll have a calf in Montana,? said FWP Wildlife Manager Jim Williams. ?We?ll see where she ends up, but she?s actually in good caribou habitat, in historical caribou habitat, in the Yaak right now.?
State wildlife managers are asking hunters or anyone who spots a caribou in the wild to report the sighting.