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Nunavut internet meat sales worrying, caribou board says – NunatsiaqOnline

by ahnationtalk on May 30, 2016392 Views

May 30, 2016

“We are putting out feelers to all the communities — we really need to get better harvesting information”

In the absence of reliable population numbers, and suspecting that internet caribou meat sales and other factors are seriously impacting the Kivalliq region’s Qamanirjuaq caribou herd, an advisory board that monitors caribou has increased the herd’s vulnerability rating to “medium-high.”

That means more needs to be done, and fast, to prevent the barren-land caribou herd from suffering the fate of the Bluenose-East herd, said Ross Thompson, executive director of the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board.

The Bluenose-East herd in the western Arctic has declined by 80 per cent over the last decade to an estimated 40,000 animals.

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