The US Fish and Wildlife Service awarded the Kalispel Tribe $96,000 through a Tribal Wildlife Grant to help fund the South Selkirk Mountain Caribou Maternal Penning Project. This grant, along with other funding that the Kalispel Tribe has obtained, will cover most of the construction and operation expenses for the project in support of protecting the South Selkirk population. The Kalispel Tribe will fund and assist in the capture of females late this winter for placement in a maternal pen built to ensure the safety of the cows and newborn calves from predators. There are fewer than a dozen caribou remaining in the South Selkirk population, and the maternal pen project is a last ditch/stop gap measure to prevent the extirpation of these unique animals.//