Another species on brink of extinction
keep the aboriginals of Labrador going, let alone all the other predators that are indigenous to the north. It’s going to take generations for this iconic animal to bounce back to an early 1990s level.
The technology that’s sealing the fate of our land and aquatic creatures should be used much more wisely in the future.
For the caribou to survive this population drop all parties involved will have to practice due diligence in the greatest sense of the word. It’s the human factor here that I’m implicating as possibly the greatest threat to a caribou comeback.
Like the buffalo hunters of the 19th century who weren’t happy till the last buffalo was shot, some of our 21st century cowboys won’t stop till every caribou, bird and moose is shot. This could possibly be the problem here with the George River herd right now.
Unless our environmental protection officers are going to monitor the herd continually, in the field and in the air, and enforce your new legislation, the outlook for the remaining George River Caribou is grim.
Our cod and capelin stocks are a perfect example of the same human factor called greed. And like I said a million times before in previous environmental letters, limited access of human traffic in our remote wilderness areas is the key to protecting these ecosystems and protecting our precious wildlife resource.
Remote cabin development in Cliffty Pond on the North Shore of Conception Bay, and the 2010 caribou crash is all tarred with the same brush. Let’s be honest here and not wait till places like Cliffty Pond become another George River. Tony O’Leary Western Bay