The Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife, Mr. Serge Simard, says he is concerned at the reduction in the size of the Northern Québec region's George River caribou herd, as revealed by the aerial census carried out in the sector in the summer of 2010. The census estimates the current total caribou population at 74,000 animals.
"I am really sensitive to the situation uncovered by the aerial census, and based on these figures, the MRNF will be in a position to take action as required," said Minister Simard. "I intend to monitor this matter carefully, because caribou hunting generates some important economic spin-offs."
The MRNF intends to work with the Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Coordinating Committee and other partners to prepare the next Caribou Management Plan.
"The MRNF is concerned by the caribou situation in Northern Québec," said Mr. Simard. "I am confident that the collaborative efforts of the various stakeholders in Québec will produce results and will allow us to preserve the extremely valuable barren ground caribou resource."