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Caribou have long been vital to the survival of Indigenous peoples in the north; the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis.

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Threats

Reasons for the drop in caribou populations are complicated. There is still some disagreement among scientific and Indigenous experts as to which factors are most important.

Management

It is often said that forms of wildlife management are mostly not about managing the animals, but about managing people. Some Indigenous peoples find it disrespectful to even talk about managing caribou. In that spirit, this section is largely about managing human interventions that affect caribou.

Managing hunting

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Managing predators

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Range management

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News and resources

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Disturbance-mediated changes to boreal mammal spatial networks in industrializing landscapes

This academic paper looks at how disturbance in caribou habitat (such as roads and seismic lines) can have not only direct effects on caribou, but also indirect effects via the several mammal species that interact with caribou. The paper suggests that ecosystem-level monitoring and management (rather than concentrating on individual species) is necessary to adequately capture the effects of habitat disturbance. It further suggests that simple predator control, especially control that focuses on one predator, such as wolves, may have unintended consequences.
(2024)

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Government of Canada announces funding for Indigenous communities to protect species at risk and their habitats

A news release from the federal department of Environment and Climate Change. It announces funding for Indigenous-led projects to address threats to species at risk and their habitats. Two northern caribou projects are included, one in a harvest monitoring prohram run by the Tlicho government (Northwest Territories) and the other is a science/traditional knowledge approach to monitoring the health of the Dolphin and Union herd of caribou by the Olokhaktomiut Hunter's and Trapper's Committee (Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories).
(2024)

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