Caribou Herd Locations for BC

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Published by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy - Ecosystems
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

This data identifies northern, boreal and mountain herds as well as herd status and risk

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


For use in monitoring population trends.

Contact Information

NameGerald Kuzyk (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

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Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2011-03-09
Record Last Modified 2020-11-03
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description


Short Name: GCBP_CARIB
Comments: This object consists of polygonal representation of caribou population units in the province of British Columbia and surrounding jurisdictions in Canada. The polygons can be multipart.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
CARIBOU_POPULATION_ID CAR_POP_ID NUMBER 10 A system generated idenfitier to insure row uniqueness.
CARIBOU_TAG CAR_TAG VARCHAR2 50 The Caribou Herd Tag is a business identifier for the Caribou population unit. It consists of a region or a place name in close proximity to the herd.
HERD_NUMBER HERD_NO VARCHAR2 10 The herd number is a short alphnumeric value assigned to each herd.
HERD_STATUS HERD_STAT VARCHAR2 50 HERD STATUS field is for indicating whether the polygon defines a caribou herd, trace occurrence, or extirpated area.
HERD_NAME HERD_NAME VARCHAR2 40 The herd name is a user identifier for the herd name. It consists primarily of placenames but can also include the names of individuals.
ECOTYPE ECOTYPE VARCHAR2 10 The ecology type (ECOTYPE) is a classification of the ecology of the regions where the herd exists
RISK_STATUS RISK_STAT VARCHAR2 20 The risk status is the level of risk that the caribou herd is experiencing at present. It consists of a two character code that is drawn from the RISK STATUS domain. The RISK STATUS domain contains the following codes and descriptions:EN: EndangeredNAR:Not at riskTR: TracesNU: Not Used
ESTIMATED_CARIBOU_POPULATION STMTDCRBPP VARCHAR2 50 ESTIMATED CARIBOU POPULATION contains the estimated Caribou population in a particular herd.
YEAR_OF_LAST_SURVEY YR_F_LST_Y VARCHAR2 4 YEAR OF LAST SURVEY: contains the year that Caribou population was surveyed.
FEATURE_CODE FEAT_CODE VARCHAR2 10 A feature code is most importantly a means of linking a feature to its name and definition. For example, the code GB15300120 on a digital geographic feature links it to the name "Lake - Dry" with the definition "A lake bed from which all water has drained or evaporated."
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 1 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a required attribute of feature classes and object classes in a geodatabase.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters