QUÉBEC, February 6, 2014 – Announcement came today from the Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks, Yves-François Blanchet that the Leaf River caribou herd is healthy and stable. He confirmed it is safe to maintain the hunting limit of two caribou per hunter for the 2014‒2015 season.
The Leaf River herd is the only one currently being hunted for sport in Northern Québec. Numbering roughly 430,000 heads in 2012, the herd shows positive signs of stability, with an estimated recruitment of 33 calves per 100 cows. Furthermore, researchers found individuals from the herd to be in good physical condition and the proportion of adult bulls to be on the rise.
Marc Plourde, President and Director General of the Québec Outfitters Federation, said he was “very satisfied with the Minister’s decision. It shows a real commitment to developing a wildlife management framework based on scientific and biological principles. This decision is the guarantee outfitters need to sell their packages at Québec and international trade shows.”
The Federation will continue to collaborate with the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs on the caribou issue, among other things to develop a species management plan, and hopes that the caribou hunting terms for 2015‒2016 and 2016‒2017 will be announced as soon as possible in 2014.