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New videos explain how we count caribou in the Northwest Territories

Press Release

The Government of the Northwest Territories has released the first of two videos explaining the methods used to estimate barren-ground caribou populations in the Northwest Territories (NWT).

Numbers of barren-ground caribou are in decline across the NWT, with the most rapid and significant declines in the Bathurst and Bluenose-East herds. The latest estimates from surveys conducted in 2018 showed that both herds have decreased by half or more in just three years.

The videos, called How We Count Caribou, show how biologists from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) work together with community observers to estimate the number of caribou in the herds.

The first video looks at the Calving Ground Photo Survey, which takes place on the calving grounds of the Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou herds. It’s one of two survey methods used to count barren-ground caribou in the NWT. A second video on the Post-Calving Survey is under development and will be released later this year.

The video How We Count Caribou: Calving Ground Photo Survey is available in English, French, Tłı̨chǫ, North Slavey, Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun.

For more information, contact:

Public Affairs and Communications
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
867 767-9231 ext. 53045
[email protected]


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