Rangifer https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/rangifer Rangifer is the world's only scientific journal dealing exclusively with biology and management of arctic and northern ungulates, reindeer and caribou in particular. 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In 2019, the two southernmost herds, the South Selkirks and the Purcells-South herds, were functionally extirpated and facing imminent extinction. To rescue the remaining animals, a translocation into the Columbia North herd range was performed using a soft-release method. The translocated animals were released alongside a captive-reared yearling and a resident adult female from the Columbia North SMC herd. A comparison of habitat selection behaviours at the 2<sup>nd</sup> order of selection demonstrated that the released animals responded to habitat and elevational conditions similarly to resident caribou. The translocation and soft release of Purcells-South and South Selkirks individuals demonstrates that soft release of wild translocated and captive-reared SMC can be successful and should be considered where and when feasible.</p> Amélie Mathieu, Lucas M. Vander Vennen, Aaron Ried, Cory Legebokow, Helen M. Schwantje Copyright (c) 2022 Amélie Mathieu, Lucas M. Vander Vennen, Aaron Ried, Cory Legebokow, Helen M. Schwantje http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ https://septentrio.uit.no/index.php/rangifer/article/view/5930 Thu, 21 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0200