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As grizzlies and hybrid bears push north, N.W.T. harvesters look to protect caribou

This story quotes a local resident and a researcher who agree that grizzly bears and grrizzly/polar bear hybrids are increasingly found on Victoria Island and Banks Island, off the Arctic coast of the Northwest Territories. Hunters are concerned that the increased incidence of the bears is having an impact on local caribou populations. They are considering organizing a community hunt to reduce the grizzly numbers.
22 April 2024 | cbc north

Kugluktuk caribou harvest closes for the season

A short news story noting that hunting of the Dolpin and Union herd is now closed for hunters from the community of Kugluktuk, as the allowable harvest of 105 animals has been reached. The latest (2020) estimate of the herd's size was 3,800 caribou.
19 April 2024 | Nunatsiaq news

Notes from the Trail: Caribou herds cannot withstand many more acts of senseless violence

This opinion piece argues for ending public access to a winter road north of Yellowknife, due to its use by people hunting caribou. According to reports, remains of a dozen or more caribou were found recently along the mining access road, and there was much meat wastage.
8 March 2024 | NNSL

Are Baffin Island’s caribou numbers growing? Researchers plan to find out

A new count of Baffin Island caribou is to be carried out this year. The aerial survey will look to confirm anecdotal reports and smaller surveys indicating that the herd on the island is growing. The last major survey of the herd in 2014 indicated that ti had shrunk dramatically to about 4,600.
4 March 2024 | Nunatsiaq News

The Double-Edged Sword of Genetic Diversity in Caribou

A study of caribou genetics finds that "caribou maintain a high level of genetic diversity". This could be both a good thing and a bad thing. Genetic diversity can help species adapt. But when population numbers are low, genes that might harm a herd's ability to survive can become more common in a population. 
29 February 2024 | trent university

Colville Lake declines to share caribou information with GNWT

Hearings wre held in the Sahtu region of the Nothwest Territories to discuss the impacts of wildfire on caribou. One First Nation declined to share information at the session, noting that elders have warned against publicly discussing things beyond their control such as caribou and weather. A manager of environmental assessment and habitat with the territorial government told the meeting, "Loss of habitat from wildfires has been identified as a main threat to barren-ground caribou."
26 February 2024 | Cabin Radio

Rapid response needed to contain ‘zombie deer’ disease in B.C.

Chronic wasting disease, a brain disease that affects deer species, has been found for the first time in British Columbia. It has not yet been found in caribou in Canada, but is assumed to be capable of spreading to them.
20 February 2024 | National Observer

GN closes Baffin Island caribou harvest

Brief news story announcing the closure of Baffin Island caribou harvest for the year. The annual harvest is capped at 400 animals.
13 February 2024 | Nunatsiaq News

Quebec Cree and Innu leaders agree to reduce caribou harvest after summer wildfires

Cree and Innu leaders are reducing the number of caribou that Innu hunters can harvest from the Leaf River herd on Cree lands to 50, from a previously agreed figure of 300. The reduction is due to concerns about the impacts of recent forest fires in the herd's range. "...we must offer the caribou the opportunity to recover and adapt, especially amid growing climate challenges." said Chief Daisy House, of the Cree community of Chisasibi.The Leaf River herd numbers about 190,000 animals, down from imore than 600,000 in 2000.  
26 January 2024 | cbc north

Arctic caribou on thin ice: climate change threats revealed

This brief article provide a summary of research into the impacts of climate change on Peary caribou. There is also a mention of caribou on Baffin Island. The research found that Peary caribou, that migrate aross sea ice, face challenges as the sea ice progressively thins and diminishes. 
23 January 2024 | Sigma bulletin