I would guess that the increase in Coyotes on the island would have a great impact on all small game, birds, rabbits, and even caribou, because they hunt in a pack,they may also kill young moose. wolves from Labrador, could also be a problem on the island
Posted: 8/18/2012 12:45:51 AM
Quite simple really. Someone's killing them off and we all know who that is.
Posted: 8/17/2012 7:49:50 PM
No More Studies Please :
Everyone knows what the problem. Question is does the Minister have backbone to stand behind enforcement Officers and enforce the laws that are already in place and protect the resource or resign if we have a repeat of the behavoiur in previous years.
Posted: 8/17/2012 3:16:30 PM
My 2 cents :
I hunt caribou in Labrador and based on the surveys I have no problem with a moratoriam but it will only be enforced in labrador while Innu from Labrador and Quebec continue to kill by the thousands(filling tractor trailers)on both sides of the border. It's disheartening to sit by and see this going ahead while the government knows about it and doesn't do a thing only take pictures. Last year I saw Quebec Innu laughing and posing for pictures while Wildlife enforcement took the pictures on Labrador soil in a closed zone. Grow some B*lls Terry French and convict. Difficult to watch while I can't even have a roast or a fry of meat.One Labrador resident kills an animal and is charged by wildlife officers before he gets to the road.
Posted: 8/17/2012 12:02:32 PM
Over the falls :
If Terry French would wish to go back to comments made back a few years ago when the Quebec Innu were loading Tractor trailers with caribou from the Churchill falls area (No.... not just the Red Wine herd)he will find that local residents assured then Natural Resources minister, Kathy Dunderdale, that this decline was imminent if the over hunting continued. Now in August 2012, he wonders what the problem is and why the dramatic decline????? Don't waste too much money on scientific study Terry! The reason has been in front of you for a number of years and nothing has been done to correct it.
Posted: 8/17/2012 11:52:37 AM
To all the geniuses on this message board, what province do you think George River is in?
Posted: 8/17/2012 11:35:56 AM
My sentiments exactly "Sean"! I would like to add that more Wildlife Officers deligently doing their jobs are required to put a stop to the illegal hunting...the government must do something about this before it's too late!
Posted: 8/17/2012 11:27:23 AM
Labrador Girl :
Over hunting - plain and simple. If you can call it hunting. People show up in the backs of pick up trucks and gun the caribou down from the road. Its illegal to do so, but it seems the authorities are reluctant to place any charges. Its pretty disgusting what goes on up here. I've heard that a lot of people come in from Quebec to hunt this herd too. As for the moose comparison - Marystown - a caribou is only about 1/10th the size of a moose - so don't even go there.
Posted: 8/17/2012 10:13:56 AM
It is amazing that such a once magnificent herd has dwindled to what it is today. It is time to protect these animals to allow their recovery. I am a hunter, but we have to look at the greater good and insure the survival of herd in Labrador. A ban on hunting must include "everyone" and on both sides of the provincial boarder if it is to succeed. I believe that the cause will be proven to be biological, but until the numbers turn around, each and every caribou is an important link in the herd recovery. We have a responsibility to protect the herd so that it may be experienced by future generations.
Posted: 8/17/2012 9:32:57 AM
A herd gone form 800,000 down to 27,000 in less than 20 years and your wondering about a complete moratorium? You have to be kidding! Dummy up! The one thing, the only variable, we can control is legal licences so why not control it. This is an easy decision Minister, do the only proper thing and shut it down. Whats the point of traditional hunting if theres nothing left for future generations.
Posted: 8/17/2012 9:28:48 AM
It seems like the sensible thing to do: "put a moratorium" on the hunting. There is no doubt but that lots of caribou have been taken illegially. Another case of "lock the door when the horse has gone!" Reminds me of the codfish: "Lots of it there lets destroy it!" Now the Governement is hard pressed to know what to do. Well, perhaps putting a conserted effort into trying to determine why there are so few left would be a start.
Posted: 8/17/2012 9:14:15 AM
Common Sense :
How about the native peoples of quebec killing enough animals that they stack them like cord wood, even thought it is not in their assigned hunting grounds...when you kill everything that moves, you create tension in the herd which interferes with breeding....no breeding fewer calfs...fewer calfs smaller numbers...exponentially.
Posted: 8/17/2012 8:55:56 AM
Everyone else knows den :
Hunters taking prime bulls (Why else are they prime bulls but to make healthy offspring and lots of them). Wolves. Bears. Coyotes. Eating themselves out of house and home when their numbers were high. Sustenance hunters are not a part of the equation at all.
Posted: 8/17/2012 8:22:30 AM
What measures are the Quebec government taking to help protect the heard? I'm betting that they are doing very little other than sponsering US hunting shows and trying to get more Americans to come to Quebec to hunt Caribou.
Posted: 8/17/2012 7:51:41 AM
nature takes care of its own doesnt the minister know that everything in nature has cycles
Posted: 8/17/2012 7:36:03 AM
let them kill them all , then we will sell lots of pizza to labardor . bunch of fools , we get a moose once every 5 years and they want to kill 10 caribou a years , not saying anything about the thousands that are sold on the streets of montreal