This may not be the last word, however, as the local outfitters association has filed for and received a judicial review, which means a court has decided there is enough merit to their objections that a judge will review the evidence ENR has for the permit cuts. The court will also be looking into whether ENR fulfilled its legal obligations to the aboriginal community in making this wildlife management decision. Association president Boyd Warner of Adventure Northwest and outfitter John Andre of Courageous Lake Caribou camp have led the effort and are confident the court will find in their favor. Because of the judicial review, which is set to appear in court sometime in June, Andre and Warner say ENR is legally prohibited from making any changes to the hunting regulations, including a change in permit numbers. If the court finds against the ENR, Warner says the permit cut would be illegal and the ENR would have to honor the original quota of 1,243 permits. We called ENR officials about this, but at press time, no one had returned our calls.
So, what does it mean for booked hunters if the court rules in favor of the ENR? In that case, the 750 permit quota would........(continued)