Caribou from protected herd seized in Labrador

Cory Hurley
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A pair of Sheshatshiu men are being investigated for the possible killing of caribou from the George River herd in Labrador.

The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division (FWED) of the Department of Justice reported receiving a tip that the two men had the caribou in their komatik. With the assistance of the RCMP, they were stopped and searched in the area between Postville and North West River by helicopter surveillance. Caribou and a shotgun were seized. The investigatiokn continues, and charges may be laid.

Due to the continuing decline of the George River caribou herd, the provincial government initiated a ban on all caribou hunting in Labrador for conservation purposes. The ban has been in place since Jan. 28, 2013, and will last five years, with a review after two years.

Organizations: FWED, Department of Justice, RCMP

Geographic location: Labrador, George River, Postville North West River

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