Baffin caribou harvest now closed, says Environment Department
Total allowable harvest of 350 caribou reached, additional harvesting is violation of Nunavut Wildlife Act
The Baffin Island caribou harvest for 2022-2023 is closed effective immediately, the Government of Nunavut announced Friday.
No further harvesting is allowed because the total allowable harvest of 350 caribou has been reached, Environment Department spokesperson Lekan Thomas said in a statement.
The total allowable harvest was established by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board to support recovery of the Baffin Island caribou population.
“It is a critical piece in the co-management efforts to allow the herd to recover and provide harvesting opportunities for future generations,” Thomas said.
Any remaining tags are immediately void and are to be returned to the local wildlife office or hunters and trappers organization, Thomas said.
Any additional harvesting of the Baffin Island caribou during the 2022-2023 season is not allowed under the Nunavut Wildlife Act. Violations will be investigated and may lead to enforcement action, Thomas added.
For a culture that holds its land and the animals that inhabit that land. All most as sacred indemnities. Find themselves in position of limiting and closing the hunting of Caribou. The one animal that’s been a constant food source. For thousands of years.
It seems that all the Caribou herds all over. The north are under pressure.
What is the reason for this.? What has happened to the abundance of these animals?
Is it the same in other territories with their Caribou Herds?
It s due to over killing, order of the day is blame the minning companies
Will Baffin now be knocking on Kivalliq doors, asking them (Kivalliq) to over kill and sell them the meat to near extinction like they have?😡
Finally closed as most northern baffin has been harvesting all winter long,
South baffin should start harvesting the northern tags this next season when opens again….
Wait and see harvester
Kill and eat, just don’t let wildlife officer know.
Wildlife officers need to set an example and start charging poachers with the full extent of the law. Selfish people not thinking about next generations only wanna make a quick buck to support their bad habits
I don’t think we the Baffinmiut don’t sell the caribou meat because we have limited tags and our caribou are much taste better than else where. That’s why western Nunavut people selling more meat to baffin region. They are the ones who are money hunger. 💰
All caribou herds are seeing a decline across Canada.
Mining, hydro projects, increased wolf populations, over hunting, disease, climate and environmental changes, predation by other animals all play a factor in the decline of caribou populations across Canada. Not one is solely to blame.
Increased wolf hunts, limiting mine traffic, exploration, hydro projects and of course establishing healthy harvesting limits on caribou populations is a must so that caribou are still around for future generations.
Selling caribou to Baffin from central and western Nunavut must be stopped, the commercial sale of caribou must be stopped. Just look at what the commercial harvest and sale of caribou and disease has done to the caribou herd on South Hampton Island. The Island has no mines, no hydro or wolf population issues like the main land, just disease and harvesting….not to mention liken what caribou eat is one of the slowest growing plants in the world.