Tłı̨chǫ won’t harvest Bathurst caribou this hunting season

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A First Nations group in the Northwest Territories says it will not be harvesting the Bathurst Caribou herd during the 2015-2016 hunting season.

The Tłı̨chǫ Government informed the GNWT of its decision as the herd continues to shrink across the territory.

Read: A Herd Of Half A Million NWT Caribou Is Now Down To 16,000

The GNWT believes there were some 500,000 animals in the herd 30 years ago. That number has since shrunk to approximately 16,000.

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“We applaud the Tłı̨chǫ Government for showing strong leadership in dealing with this crisis,” said territorial environment minister Michael Miltenberger.

“It is a very tough choice that recognizes the need for strong actions to conserve the Bathurst herd for current and future generations.”

Tłı̨chǫ Grand Chief Eddie Erasmus added: “Our Government is determined to support the efforts to help the herd recover.

“We have made this difficult choice as an investment in our future and we as a people need to do this.”

Read: Ekati Owners Defend Expansion As Caribou Numbers Plunge

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