_Declining caribou herds have led the Northwest Territories to ban all hunting in a large section of the North, the largest ban yet for aboriginal people who depend on caribou for a large part of their diet. . . .
_Biologists estimated the Bathurst herd of the central barrens had shrunk to 32,000 from more than 120,000 animals in 2006 - a nearly 75 per cent fall.
_Scientists suggest nine of Canada's 11 barren-ground caribou herds are in decline.
Researchers suspect one herd, the adjacent Beverly herd, has virtually disappeared, despite numbering 280,000 animals only 15 years ago.