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This is a letter from the Newfoundland Minister of Environment and Conservation 4/11/08.

The Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation, announced today :

In this year's management plan, 27,235 moose licences and 1,235 caribou licences are available on the island for the 2008-09 hunting season. This represents an overall increase of 360 moose licences and a decrease of 1,550 caribou licences compared to the 2007-08 hunting season.

"The Island woodland caribou populations have declined between 40-60 per cent during the past decade," said Minister Johnson. "We recently announced a $15.3 million investment into a five-year strategy to help understand the current decline and the role of predators in this decline. This effort will contribute to a better understanding of the precise mechanisms driving this decline and enable the appropriate intervention where possible and practical."
The minister also said that efforts over the coming years will include continued population monitoring, enhanced public and resource-user education, and an evaluation of habitat quality and quantity issues.

Hunters are advised that aerial surveys of several caribou management areas in the province are currently in progress. In light of these surveys, changes may occur to licence quotas in some areas.

05/02/08

Phase One of the caribou survey of northern herds completed
The Western Star

Today the provincial government announced the results of phase one of the census for caribou populations found on the northern portion of the island, including the Gregory Plateau, Gros Morne, Northern Peninsula, St. Anthony, Hodges Hills and Hampton Downs herds.

The population estimate is approximately 10,400 caribou in the survey area, which encompasses all areas north of the Trans-Canada Highway from Corner Brook to Halls Bay and a portion of the area north of Grand Falls-Windsor east to the Bay of Exploits.

In early March, a statistically significant number of caribou from these herds were marked using a highly-visible red paint, and the census began two weeks following the last day of marking. The relative ratio of marked animals to unmarked animals was then used to calculate the total population estimate for the area for all herds, including females, males and yearling caribou.

A follow-up census will be conducted in June, when caribou traditionally return to their calving areas, and will confirm the populations of individual herds on this section of the island and allow for appropriate herd specific management planning.

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