Amidst a dramatic decline in caribou populations, the Newfoundland and Labrador government has postponed this year’s hunt while it tries to figure out how many animals are left. A census released last year showed the herd had dropped down about 90 per cent from its peak 20 years ago. The season for this herd was to open next week; Environment and Conservation Minister Ross Wiseman stressed that the hunt had not been cancelled and that a postponed start should not affect most residents, who tend to hunt caribou later in the year.