Drivers in southern Yukon encouraged to slow down to protect caribou herd – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on February 1, 202372 Views

Feb 01, 2023

Woodland caribou are a common sight along highways in southern Yukon, but some stretches are posing as a major hazard for the Southern Lakes herd.

According to data collected by the Carcross/Tagish Renewable Resources Council (CTRRC), seven Southern Lakes caribou were killed this winter so far in highway vehicle collisions.

Five of the collisions occurred along the Alaska Highway between the areas of Jake’s Corner and Judas Creek. The area is considered especially dangerous for caribou as it intersects with prime caribou winter range.

Prior to the 1990s, the Southern Lakes herd, which is composed of the Carcross, Laberge and Ibex herds, was almost depleted due to overhunting.

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