The following update on the George River herd of Quebec-Labrador caribou was recently received from the board of the Newfoundland Labrador Outfitters Association (NLOA):
Labrador Caribou Hunt
Research into the state of the Quebec-Labrador barren ground caribou herd has been going on through the fall and winter. Newfoundland and Quebec biologists have been combining their efforts in determining population trends. The latest indicators are the herd is still in decline. Counts this winter peg the calf recruitment rate at 17 calves per 100 does. This compares with a rate of 28 per 100 in the 2000’s and a rate of 52 per 100 in the 1970’s. Winter mortality rates for adult caribou are also still quite high. These stats are predicted to result in a further reduction in the size of the herd when population counts are done next fall. Although no official announcement has been made, it appears there will be no nonresident caribou hunt in Labrador again this fall.