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Deadly serious’: 2 caribou herds shrink by half in latest count – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 2018138 Views

Nov 20, 2018

Herds around Great Bear, Great Slave Lakes could see stricter limits on hunting

The Bathurst and Bluenose East caribou herds have declined by more than 50 per cent since 2015, according to the N.W.T. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“This is deadly serious,” said Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Minister Robert C. McLeod at a briefing on new herd numbers on Tuesday.

“Both populations have shown rapid decline.”

Surveys conducted in June 2018 estimate the Bathurst herd at just 8,200 animals, down from 20,000 in 2015. The Bluenose East population was estimated at 19,300 animals, down from 39,000 in 2015.

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