GNWT seeks input on Bathurst caribou management plan

(Photo retrieved from NWT Species at Risk)

The GNWT’s Bathurst Caribou Advisory Committee is looking for input on their management plan.

A draft of the committee’s management plan is ready and the government wants communities and harvesters to act to ensure they have the best possible plan.

With an end goal of curbing caribou numbers declining and begin recovery, the plan includes management actions for partners to take to support the herd in the long term.

The draft plan was co-developed between 17 organizations representing public governments, Indigenous governments and organizations, hunter and trapper associations, and management boards spanning the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Saskatchewan.

Thirteen sharing sessions will be taking place through May 31 via zoom and any individual or organization can submit comments online at any time to

A plain language summary of the plan is available.

Shane Thompson, minister of Environment and Natural resources, said the government needs to act to maintain the herd.

“Our government has a responsibility to do everything we can to help ensure they’ll sustain many more,” he said.

“With the Bathurst herd in real trouble, we’re pleased to be moving forward with urgency to chart a strong path to recovery and resilience.”

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