Baffin Island’s 2020-2021 caribou hunt comes to a close

Total allowable harvest of 250 caribou has been reached

This year’s total allowable harvest of 250 Baffin Island caribou has been reached, the Government of Nunavut’s Environment Department said Tuesday. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut environment officials have closed the 2020-2021 harvest of Baffin Island caribou, effective immediately.

The total allowable harvest of 250 caribou has been reached, the Government of Nunavut’s Environment Department said in a Tuesday news release.

That annual quota is set by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. Caribou hunting has been restricted in Nunavut’s Baffin region for the last few years due to the herd’s declining population.

A 2012 aerial survey found the herd’s numbers had dropped up to 95 per cent from estimates a decade earlier.

The GN said hunters who have any remaining tags should return them to their local wildlife office or hunters and trappers organization.

Any additional harvesting of Baffin Island caribou during the 2020-2021 season is considered a violation of the Nunavut Wildlife Act, the GN said, and could result in fines.

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