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.