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New Fortymile Caribou Hunt Quota

A news release from the Alaska department of Fish and Game announcing reduced hunting quotas in the Alaskan range of the Fortymile herd. The new quota if for bullls only and is set at animals for the 2024/25 hunting season. The reduction in allowed hunting levels is based on the Department's new estimate of the herd's size. The department did a photographic estimate of the herd size last summer, and based on that data has modeled a herd size of 28,000-34,000. 
18 July 2024 | Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Protectors of Aqviqtuuq

A longer story about the efforts of people in Taloyoak, Nunavut to create the Aqviqtuuq Inuit Protected and Conserved Area. The proposal would cover about 90,000 square milometres, and would include the calving grounds of the Ahiak caribou herd. Local people hope to have the conservation designation in place by 2030.
15 July 2024 | Canadian Geographic

Winds of change

A company is planning to site wind turbines to generate electricity near the Nunavut communities of Rankin Inlet and Baker Lake, and is planning in advance to monitor local caribou movements near the proposed sites. Survey stations are being set up this summer. The story gave no information about how soon the wind turbines might be installed.
11 July 2024 | Nunavut News

OPINION: Biologists dispute the state’s Mulchatna ‘intensive management’ rationale

This article from Alaska is included as it addresses the questions of predator control as a method of increasing numbers in a migratory caribou herd, and the idea of trying to set an "appropriate" target for a herd's size.
5 July 2024 | Alaska Daily News

State kills over 80 bears in Southwest Alaska in second-year effort to boost caribou

A news story from Alaska, where state widllife officials have undertyaken an agggressive program of predator control for a second year, in an attempt to boost caribou numbers. The cull took place on the range of the Mulchatna herd in southwest Alaska. Of the animals killed, the most (81) were brown bears along with 15 wolves. State officials say the ratio of calves that survived the summar doubled last year, the first year of the predator control program, but two former state biologists quoted dispute the impact of predators on the herd.  
24 June 2024 | Anchorage Daily News

In the Arctic, a massive new Inuvialuit-led conservation area protects Porcupine caribou grounds

A feature on the creation of a new protected area in the range of the Pocrupine Caribou herd. The Aullaviat/Anguniarvik Traditional Conservation Area (where the animals travel through and where people harvest) covers more than 8,000 square kilometres of land in Northeast Yukon. The new Inuvialuit-led protected area will complete a network of protected areas that covers most of the Canadian portion of the range of the Porcupine caribou herd. A  $13.5 million trust fund will support a management plan and a Guardians program.
19 June 2024 | The Narwhal

Arctic caribou management board releases 10-year plan

A news story about the release of a new 10 year management plan by the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou management board. The story notes that the plan was build on two guiding principles, "shared responsibility and prioritizing caribou in the caribou-people relationship". It also notes that the plan identifies four main priority areas with associated activities, but those are not listed in the story.
18 June 2024 | Laronge Now

Nearly $4.8 million to track migratory caribou in the context of climate change

A news release announcing multi-million dollar funding that will sponsor a project to research migratory caribou on the Ungava peninsula in Nunavik (Quebec). The "Caribou Ungava" project has been active since 2009; the new funding will take it to 2029. The project is to focus on five main areas of research: 1) the dynamics and connectivity of migratory caribou populations with forest and mountain caribou populations; 2) mitigation of the impacts of territorial development; 3) determinants of habitat use and change; 4) health indicators of caribou and their boreal and northern competitors; 5) the ecology of black bear and musk ox interacting with migratory and expanding caribou on the Ungava Peninsula.
10 May 2024 | laval university

Controversial methods are working to buy Canada’s caribou some time

This audio interview (8':34") was prompted by a paper that looked at the effectiveness of methods applied to saving herds of endangered southern mountain caribou in Canada. The paper's lead author Clayton Lamb is interviewed and discusses the paper's findings, such as the success of captive breeding, supplementary feeding, and wolf control. He stresses that long term measures must be taken to help restore the caribou habitat.
29 April 2024 | cbc

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