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  • Maggy Carter
    September 02, 2012 - 16:09

    Stu also conducted a wolf predation study at the time. Based on those studies, a commercial (larger scale) harvest of the herd was recommended. The fish plant in Nain was converted to serve as an abattoir. The project did not prove terribly successful, largely due to logistical issues in transporting animals from the Border Beacon area back to Nain as well as inadequacies in the design of the abattoir. A great shame because, as most people understand, this meat is far superior to the industrial produced meat elsewhere in Canada and the U.S. The fact that Stu's prediction was allowed to come true is itself a major indictment of past governments which failed to take appropriate actions to prevent the collapse of the herd. The key issue now is why the herd is continuing to shrink and why it did not bottom out at that expected 50,000 level. One clue might be the recent arrival of wolves on the island having migrated from Labrador. It is possible that the population of wolves and bears has not shrunk proportional to that of their prey, and that they are desperately seeking new hunting grounds. In any event, if this herd - which was once the largest herd of caribou in the world - is allowed to disappear completely, this government and this province will deserve the black eye it will receive from environmental and ecological groups all around the world. The plight of the caribou and industrial developments in Labrador and Quebec might not be directly linked, but Adams is entirely correct in that this government has shown a preoccupation with one at the very costly expense of the other. Time to stop studying the problem and take decisive action.

  • Winston Adams
    September 01, 2012 - 09:59

    My father's journals show that in 1940 the Naskaupi were starving due to a lack of caribou. Would this be a low point in a cycle? 70 years from then gives 2010. But 1900 is 110 years. So what is the data on those cycles. And yes, if it comes down to hydro electricity or caribou, we know where the governents priority is. And , unfortunately, the Innu, the people of the caribou, has signed unto Muskrat Falls.