The caribou season was slated to start August 10th this year. The current population of caribou continues to decline, so the provincial Department of Environment and Conservation has decided to postpone the season.
In 2001 the population was at 385,000 and a survey in July 2010 found the population to be at 74,000 caribou. With the dramatic decline, in the latest provincial budget, $1.9 million was allocated for a three-year Labrador Caribou Management Initiative. It involves data collection with regards to the herd to help better understand what might be affecting the population numbers.
By postponing the season and giving the researchers more time they are hoping to figure out a management plan that will enable the caribou herds to survive. The Minister of Aboriginal Affairs agrees that the survival of the herd is most important to all Labradorians. From The Telegram .