Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Decline in Caribou Population Delays Season for Non-Aboriginals

A decline in the population of the George River caribou herd has delayed the caribou season for non-aboriginals.

In a press release, the Minister of Environment and Conservation, Charlene Johnson, confirms a continued and serious decline in the herd.

Last month a post-calving census was carried out on the George River caribou herd.

The census was carried out by several partners including the Nunatsiavut Government and the Torngat Plant and Wildlife Co-Management Board.

Although the final results of the census will not be available until the fall, preliminary results have confirmed the decline.

Caribou from the herd have also been collared to give a better idea of the status of the population.

Following the results of the census, the provincial government will review caribou harvesting management strategies.

The caribou season for non-aboriginals was scheduled to begin today.

An update on the harvest management plan for the herd is anticipated in early September.

The caribou season for non-aboriginals is suspended until that time

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