Province plans to monitor caribou

Our provincial government plans to track the migration patterns of the south coast caribou herds until the end of the month. The census has begun west of the Bay d’Espoir Highway and south of the Trans Canada Highway. Herds included in the count are those in Pot Hill, Gaff Topsails, Grey River, Buchans and La Poile. “Caribou are an important resource to the people of this province from a recreational, social and economic point of view,” said Environment Minister Ross Wiseman. “We are committed to prudent and science-based sustainable management of our caribou herds, and population data is a very critical component of this management.” To study the animals, researchers will be marking some of them with bright red paint (which will eventually disappear as the caribou shed their coats). They will then be tracking and counting them in small planes.

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