NWT Caribou Crisis
In the December 2009 issue of The Hunting Report we have warned about a proposal to shut down outfitted caribou hunts for nonresidents in the Northwest Territories of Canada starting in 2010. The reason is that wildlife authorities claim the barren-ground caribou in this region are in trouble and need immediate relief. Continuing subscribers know we first reported about this issue in December 2006 (Article ID 1776) and again in February 2007 (Article ID 1792). Officials say the situation is worse than ever. Now the Government of NWT Environment and Natural Resources in conjunction with the regional Tlicho Government have submitted a joint proposal for the management of the caribou in NWT. We have posted that proposal below for interested readers to review.
We should note that most of the outfitters operating in NWT vehemently disagree with the proposal as well as the findings and methodologies of the studies conducted by the NWT's Environment and Natural Resources Department. Whether the findings are correct or not, caribou hunting for nonresidents may well be suspended here for at least a couple of years, and we would be remiss in not informing our subscribers about the situation.