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Jasper’s Tonquin Caribou Risk Assessment Report

March 31, 2014

This March 2014 expert report concludes that new Marmot Basin ski area development in the Tres Hombres and Outer Limits areas “would not be consistent with the need for active recovery efforts to address threats to the rapidly declining Tonquin caribou population.”

The report also recommends mitigation of existing human impacts in the Tonquin range to reduce predator access and efficiency. “This includes the closure of existing trails and/or restrictions on snow compaction that facilitates wolf travel in the range.”

This caribou risk assessment report was required by Jasper National Park’s  ‘Marmot Basin Ski Area Guidelines for Development and Use’ in order to support Parks Canada in determining whether to consider new developments in the Tres Hombres and Outer Limits portions of the Marmot Basin Ski Area.

Parks Canada did not make this report public, despite repeated requests made by Jasper Environmental Association for it to do so. It was ultimately released by the report’s co-author Dr. Fiona Schmiegelow in July 2015.

Click here to download report

If I were asked to illustrate a scene of utter serenity and peace, I would choose a picture of a mother grizzly wandering across flower-covered slopes with two small cubs gamboling at her heels. This is truly a part of the deep tranquility that is the wilderness hallmark.
- Andy Russell, 1975
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