Species in trouble: Revelstoke area animals need your help

The plight of the Mountain Caribou is well known locally, but they are just one of several species facing serious threats

Caribou rut. Photo: David Moskowitz.

By Imogen Whale/North Columbia Environmental Society

Nestled between the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges in the middle of an Inland Temperate Rainforest and on the banks of the Columbia and Illecillewaet rivers, it’s no surprise that Revelstoke is a haven for all manner of birds, mammals and amphibians.

Revelstoke is also home to several species at risk. A species at risk has ‘special considerations for its conservation.’ These range from endangered, where extinction is considered imminent if corrective actions are not taken, to special concern, meaning the creature is sensitive to actions and events.

The endangered Mountain Caribou is no surprise to anyone, but did you know caribou lived through the last ice age, when the mammoth met its end?

Below are several local species that fall somewhere on the species at risk spectrum. Can you match the fun fact with the appropriate creature?

Your choices:

  1. A) Little Brown Myotis; Bat: Endangered
  2. B) Barn Swallow: Special Concern
  3. C) Olive Sided Flycatcher: Threatened
  4. D) Wolverine: Special Concern
  5. E) Coeur d’Alene Salamander: Special Concern
  6. F) Grizzly Bear Western Population: Special Concern
  7. G) Westslope Cutthroat Trout: Special Concern
  8. H) Western Painted Turtle: Special Concern


1) Which creature has a skull structure allowing it to crush frozen carcasses and bones?

2) Though found on every continent excluding Antarctica, which creature has found their population to be in rapid decline?

3) Over half of the worldwide breeding pairs of this creature are in Canada?

4) Which creature is lungless and breathes through its skin?

5) Which creature is believed to have crossed from Asia to North America 50,000–100,000 years ago?

6) Which creature has spots below the lateral line, concentrated on the back half of body, differentiating it from those in Alberta?

7) In Canada, this creature is only found in seven general areas of Purcell and Selkirk Mountain ranges along Columbia and Kootenay rivers and their tributaries. Who is it?

8) This creature can hibernate for six months. Which is it?

9) This creature is one of two subspecies occurring naturally in Canada. Which is it?

10) Which creature has lived to be twelve in captivity and doesn’t reach sexual maturity until they are four years old?

11) Which creature forages in the air and has diet of flying insects?

12) Which creature has the Latin name of Gulo Gulo?

13) Though they mate in the fall, the female of which species can delay fertilization until spring and suitable conditions?

14) Which creature can lay up to 23 eggs in one mating season?

15) Distinctive three note whistle is the call of which creature?

16) Which creature has highly uncertain population estimates, ranging from 26,000-10,000?

17) Highway widening to impact a third of known sites of which creature?

18) Evidence of genetic fragmentation where populations increasingly isolated has been found for which creature?

19) This creature’s habitat in Revelstoke is the northernmost for its species.

20) Which creature can spend up to seven months a year in moist interstitial spaces between rocks, avoiding desiccation in summer and freezing in winter?


1) D 2) B 3) C 4) E 5) F 6)  G 7) E 8) A 9) G 10) E 11) B 12) D 13) A 14) H 15) C 16) F 17) E 18) F  19) H 20) E