NWT Caribou Populations Continue to Decline

(December 9, 2013) Northwest Territories residents will be allowed to hunt one caribou this winter.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is allowing NWT resident hunters 1-tag limit for hunting bulls from the Beverly and Ahiak herds.

“Resident hunters will be able to harvest one bull from the Beverly and Ahiak herds during the 2013-2014 hunting season,” said J. Michael Miltenberger, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), in a press release.  “Based on the results of the 2013 calving-ground population survey, resident harvest of the Bluenose-East herd will remain closed.”

Fall Caribou, NCS Productions

The Bluenose East herd numbers continue to decline.

2013 Population surveys from May and June this past summer indicate the herd is about 68,000 animals. The number is down from 2010 when the population was just over 100,000 animals. 

According to ENR, caribou populations generally are in a state of decline.  Stating, "Breeding females are the single most important part of the herd, and a declining trend in their number is a concern for the long-term stability of the herd."

ENR says cows have a high rate of mortality due to natural causes and harvesting.

Aboriginal harvesting regulations remains unchanged.

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Amos Scott

GNWT Press Release here