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‘Last Stand’ documentary raises money for endangered caribou herd in Selkirks

More than half of the remaining endangered South Selkirk mountain caribou herd is seen in this photo taken during a 2017 aerial survey. The South Selkirk mountain caribou herd may be extinct after aerial surveys found only three remaining animals in March. (BART GEORGE / Courtesy)

ENDANGERED SPECIES – Viewers can help support recovery efforts for the Southern Selkirk mountain caribou herd on Saturday.

Northern Quest Resort and Casino will show the premiere of “Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest,” a documentary about the endangered mountain caribou. Film producer David Moskowitz will attend the screening, along with local caribou experts. Dinner will be served followed by a fundraising auction.

There are only a dozen or so South Selkirks mountain caribou left. The Kailispel Tribe, along with several other groups, agencies and tribes are hoping to capture pregnant cows this spring and let them calve in the security of a 19-acre enclosure.

The maternal pen project, a technique that’s succeeded farther north in Canada, seeks to protect the caribou from the teeth of cougars, bears and wolves until the calves are stronger, more mobile and more likely to survive.

The event runs from 6-9 p.m. Individual tickets cost $100. Discounted rooms for ticket holders may be available. For more information and to get tickets:, or call Mike Lithgow at (509) 447-7435 or email