Friday, April 13, 2007


Beware, canadian coyote

Caribou threat
Predator control program needed to halt coyote population explosion: outfitter

HOWLEY If no action is taken to curb the rise of the eastern coyote population, outfitter Ray Broughton fears that woodland caribou are doomed.

The Howley-based outfitter has been warning government departments and outdoors groups of the threat posed by the coyotes.

He believes the recent cuts in the caribou hunting licences are only the beginning. In fact, he predicts a moratorium will be imposed on caribou hunting if protective measures aren’t implemented immediately.

“My prediction is that if something isn’t done to protect the caribou, especially during the calving time, then there will be a moratorium brought down by 2009,” Broughton told The Western Star. “My guides and myself have seen a dramatic decline in the numbers of caribou over the past 10 years.

“We’re on a downward spiral, and if nothing’s done, then they’re going to have to shut the hunt down completely.”

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