May 21, 2013
Why Has Baffin Island Lost Its Caribou Herd?
By CJ Lotz
A recent survey conducted by wildlife biologists with Nunavut's Department of Environment is showing caribou numbers on Canada's Baffin Island have crashed by more than 95 percent since the 1990s, with as few as 1,000 to 2,000 animals left out of herds that numbered 60,000 and 180,000 caribou less than 20 years ago.
The department's report on the survey does not list reasons for the decline nor a way to address the problem.
"We will take lessons learned from other areas, along with science and Inuit knowledge about managing wildlife in times of scarcity, to find a positive way forward to conserve these caribou," The Environment minister said.
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