Prince Albert Hosts Caribou Management Meeting

Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 14:48



Satellite collaring of caribou is expected to be a major topic of discussion at a meeting over the next three days in Prince Albert.


The Caribou Management Board for the Beverley and Qamanirjuaq herds are holding a meeting in the city. It includes representatives from Dene bands in Saskatchewan’s Far North, as well as officials from other provinces and territories.


Among other things, the board is expected to discuss the initial results from the satellite monitoring of a few dozen caribou in one of the herds.


Saskatchewan Environment caribou specialist Tim Trottier says it was approved at the board’s last meeting after years of debate, but it remains a contentious issue since many Aboriginal communities don’t approve of the use of collars on caribou.


Trottier notes this week’s meeting is noteworthy for another reason. That’s because two youth delegates have been invited to attend — a first for the caribou management board.


Trottier says board members felt it was important to give youth exposure to this area of wildlife management.