The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is trying to make sure the decline in the George River herd stops. They say that in a decade the number of caribou have fallen dramatically from 385,000 down to 50,000.
Today the caribou season starts, and will continue through March. This year's caribou season has been cut from 8 month to 3 months and hunters are only allowed one caribou. License sales are now only available through government offices to better monitor the sales of licenses.
Terry French, the minister responsible for wildlife, says a total allowable harvest may need to be implemented next season. From Metro News .