Native Renewal Resources Board Rules On Carobou Permits Cuts


Published: October - 2007

Still on the subject of caribou but switching over to the Northwest Territories, we hear that this year's season is going much better than last year's. You'll recall that unusually warm weather played havoc with caribou migrations last year in this part of the world. Initial reports we received by phone at press time were that cold weather and good snow fall had moved caribou on their traditional schedules and routes. Both John Andre of Courageous Lake Caribou Camps and Joyce Rabesca of Rabesca's Resources said clients were seeing quantities of animals and taking excellent trophies. We hope to have some first-hand reports from subscribers next month.

As for that controversy we told you about between the outfitting community and the Environment and Natural Resources Department of NWT (ENR), there has been some movement here. You'll recall we reported the ENR had determined the Bathhurst herd of caribou in the Northwest Territories was in decline and they intended to slash outfitter permits to a total of 350 for 2008. Caribou outfitters contested ENR's findings and mounted an all-out campaign to prevent the permit cuts. Now, the Wek'èezhìi Renewable Resources Board, an agency of the native Tlicho Government in authority there, has ruled that the current 750 permit quota will remain until a new proposal is submitted to the board, or new evidence becomes available to suggest that the current regulation should be amended. The board also recommended that the ENR, which is really only a consultant with no authority there, and the Tlicho Government seek input from the pubic, including outfitters, and engage in discussions to consider whether outfitted caribou hunts for nonresidents should be permitted in Wek'èezhìi on a long-term and sustainable basis. Negotiations between the ENR and the Tlicho Government were expected to continue this month. We will, of course continue to follow developments.

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