Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Caribou Herd in Crisis as Population Dwindles, Says Inuit leader in Labrador, Canada.
NAIN, N.L. - An Inuit group in Labrador says there's no time to waste in developing a long-term management plan for the George River caribou herd as its population dwindles.
Sarah Leo, president of the Nunatsiavut (noon-AT'-see-ah-voot) government, describes the situation as a crisis.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government said last week that the herd's population has dropped by more than 13,000 over the last two years despite monitoring, research and a five-year moratorium on all hunting.
The herd is now estimated at about 14,200, down from 27,600 in 2012.
The latest estimate comes from a photo census by biologists in Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec in July.