An­other species on brink of ex­tinc­tion

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

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