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Mining activities, not hunting, responsible for northern caribou declines

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Caribou running from truck hauling heavy machinery in northern Alberta.

by Bob McDonald, CBC News,

A new report by Canadian researchers suggest that the dramatic declines of barren-ground caribou herds is due to open access mining in Northern Canada, not, as authorities have assumed, traditional hunting by Indigenous people in the North. Read the rest of this entry

Gwich’in prepare for another battle to stop drilling in caribou calving grounds

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The Porcupine caribou herd in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). (Peter Mather/petermather.com)

‘A way of life is going to be destroyed if you do this’

by Lori Fox, Yukon News, October 11, 2017

Lorraine Netro’s eyes filled with tears. She folded and unfolded her hands nervously, broke them apart and tugged at the edge of her brightly-printed scarf.

“It’s just very hard to find the words to talk about,” she said. “I get very emotional.”

“We have a spiritual connection to the caribou. The caribou sustains our way of life, they sustain our spirit and our soul.” Read the rest of this entry

B.C. woodland caribou face extinction despite government protection: study

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Caribou herd.

Industrial development appears to be contributing most to the decline of caribou herds

By Daybreak South, CBC News, May 14, 2015

Woodland caribou in the South Peace region of eastern British Columbia could be wiped out despite government efforts to protect them.

Researchers from the University of Northern British Columbia and the B.C. government say five subpopulations of caribou could be heading towards extinction, likely because of industrial development. Read the rest of this entry

Wolf cull protest targets B.C. helicopter firm

Hundreds of angry phone calls, emails and faxes flooded the lines of one of the two B.C. helicopter companies contracted by the province to carry out the gray wolf cull.

Tommy Knowles, Wildlife Defence League spokesman, said it’s the second time this year his group has organized a call, email and fax protest to Bighorn Helicopters, which began Monday.

It’s one of the two companies currently carrying out the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ decision to eliminate 184 gray wolves in the South Selkirk and South Peace region in an effort to save the dwindling caribou population. Read the rest of this entry

Habitat loss blamed for caribou deaths

While B.C. is justifying the termination of 184 grey wolves to rectify what they say is the primary cause of the declining caribou population, it isn’t consistent with decades of research.

Since the $2.1 million wolf cull program began on Jan. 15, environmental groups across B.C. have said the real reason attributed to the South Selkirk and South Peace caribou population drop from 49 in 2009 to 18 today is because of loss and disruption of crucial old-growth habitat – and research since the 1970s backs up that claim. Read the rest of this entry