By Justin Jones, Editorial AssistantThe Hunting Report
has learned of a proposed mining project in the heart of the George River caribou herd's calving grounds. That is the same herd recently closed to sport and subsistence hunting by the Quebec and Labrador governments due to concerns over the herd's ongoing population crash.
Continuing subscribers know The Hunting Report
has tracked the ups and downs of Quebec-Labrador caribou herds for more than 25 years. In recent years we've reported often on the decline of the George River herd (GRH), and its impact on the remaining hunting opportunities in that region. All sporthunting for the George River herd in Quebec and Labrador is currently banned, with the assumption that the ban will remain in effect until the herd has recovered sufficiently to sustain sport and native subsistence hunting again.
Now, The Hunting Report
has learned of a potential threat to that recovery, a threat that has, apparently, thus far slipped under the radar of the hunting and conservation community. In late November we received word that Montreal-based Quest Rare Minerals Ltd. has proposed an extensive mining project, called the Strange Lake Project, in northern Quebec near the border of Labrador. Though the mine itself is in the traditional range of the GRH, of particular concern is the proposed access road from the coast that would run through Labrador and the GRH migration routes, bisecting their calving grounds......