News

Decades-long plan to protect caribou in Nunavut nearing completion

An online article and associated radio broadcast about the near-completion on the Nunavut Land Use Plan, and its implications for caribou conservation.
13 October 2021 | CBC radio

Yukon at a crossroads with Fortymile caribou herd

This longer news story talks about the past and future of the Fortymile herd, shared between Yukon and Alaska. If raises questions about land use, and also about what constitutes an appropriate or optimal size for a caribou herd.
7 October 2021 | The Narwhal

Caribou are vanishing at an alarming rate. Is it too late to save them?

A magazine-length article giving an overview of some of the challenges facing caribou in Canada, and the impacts of caribou decline. It includes both barren-ground and woodland caribou.
7 September 2021 | Canadian Geographic

Wekʼèezhìi Renewable Resources Board Takes On “Northern Caribou” Website

The Wekʼèezhìi Renewable Resources Board  (WRRB) has taken over the running of a website dedicated to northern Caribou. The site (www.northerncaribou.ca) is dedicated to educating people about conservation of caribou in the north, including herds that stretch from Yukon to Nunatsiavut. It was started by Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, an NGO that is winding down. “This makes sense for us to continue to run this site,” says Joseph Judas, chair of the WRRB. “Our board was one of the first supporters of the website, and it fits with our goal of educating people about the importance of the caribou to people in this region, and across the North.” The site has support from other co-management boards, and is financially supported by grants from the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the federal government. The site will continue to be a central place for news and research about caribou, and educational materials are also being developed.
1 September 2021


NWT ENR asks hunters for moose heads

The government of the Northwest Territories is paying hunters to give them boreal caribou heads, moose heads, or white-tailed deer heads. The government plans to check the heads for signs of chronic wasting disease, a brain disease that has been found in deer species in Saskatchewan and Alberta. No cases have yet been found in caribou, and no cases have been found in the NWT. 
31 August 2021 | Northern News Services

Wild Cam: Camera collars reveal caribou survival rates in Quebec

This blog post talks about a study of calf survival rates in the Leaf River herd in northern Quebec. The study found 67% of cales made it through from spring to fall. The study used camera collars, and the post has a couple of brief videos embedded.
10 August 2021 | The Wildlife Society

Highly Contagious Bacteria Infects Mulchatna Caribou Herd

This 18'15" interview focuses mostly on the incidence of the disease brucellosis in the Mulchatna caribou herd in Alaska but also touches on other diseases and parasites, and the connection to climate change. The migratory southwest Alaskan herd has suffered declines similar to those seen in much of northern Canada.
23 July 2021 | KYUK (Alaska)

The Government of Canada supports Dene Nation initiative to help conserve boreal caribou

This news release announces that the federal government will invest just over a million dollars into a two-year project with the NWT Dene Nation. The project is to "...further Dene Nation work with leaders, Elders, youth, other land users, and knowledge holders to braid Dene Traditional Knowledge together with Western science on the ecology and conservation of boreal caribou [todzi] across the Northwest Territories."
19 July 2021 | Environment and climate change canada

Habitat restoration may be alternative to wolf cull, says study

A news story about research into the effects of seismic lines lines and roads on wolves' access to caribou. The study obstructed some lines and roads with natural barriers, making them more like the surrounding bush. According to the story, encounters between wolves and caribou dropped dramatically where the access routes has been obstructed. The story also quotes a professor of ecology saying "...this study is just the first baby step in looking at whether an alternate approach like this could have the same results as what you see with wolf control."
17 June 2021 | Cabin Radio (NWT)

Colville Lake challenging caribou decision in court

A news story about the Northwest Territories community of Colville Lake (Behdzi Ahda First Nation) asking the NWT Supreme Court to rule on the application of the tag and quota system for caribou hunting. The community had developed its own conservation plan for hunting the Bluenose East herd, a plan that was approved by the Sahtu renewable Resources Board. The Territorial Minister of Environment and Natural Resources over-ruled the Board's decision citing the herd's continuing low numbers.
7 June 2021 | CBC north