Why are Canada’s caribou going extinct?
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)
- The Inuit hunters now have more efficient technology to hunt: snowmobiles, rifles, binoculars, spotting planes, radios…
- The Inuit population has exploded. In the decade 1996 to 2006 alone it grew by 26%.
- Global warming is disrupting the caribou’s fragile food supply of mosses.
- Global warming means mosquitoes are more numerous and have a longer season. They drive the caribou off their feeding grounds.
- Inuit refuse to cut back on hunting. They say they have to live, even it means driving the caribou extinct. They claim the decline in caribou is not their fault, therefore they should not have to cut back. But if they don’t cut back, they are the ones who will suffer most when the caribou are gone. The way I see it, the Inuit have the first priority to hunt caribou, but they have no right to drive them extinct. They will have to eat something else until the herds return. Surely, the rest of Canada will not let them starve.
- Canadians harbour overly romantic notions about First Nations people and their ability to manage caribou responsibly. Obviously, the Inuit are not succeeding with the caribou. Because of hunting technology, sheer population numbers and introduced white values, the Inuit are putting far more pressure on the caribou than they would have two hundred years ago.
- Caribou is by far the most delicious meat I have even eaten. I can see why people used to eating it daily would be extremely reluctant to eat something else.
- Possibly, excessive/illegal sport/trophy hunting.
- Possibly, ill-advised killing of wolves that remove sick or weak caribou. Without their pruning, diseases can spread to the whole herd.
- The Harper government fired most of the scientists capable of figuring out precisely why the caribou are disappearing and what sorts of things, other than curtailing the hunt, we could to do restore them, perhaps domesticated caribou AKA (Also Known As) reindeer herds.