Canada’s Disappearing Deer: NWT Bans Caribou Hunt

From the Toronto Star:

_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. . . .
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_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.
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_Scientists suggest nine of Canada's 11 barren-ground caribou herds are in decline.
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Researchers suspect one herd, the adjacent Beverly herd, has virtually disappeared, despite numbering 280,000 animals only 15 years ago.