The Environment Department is responsible for coordinating YKDFN’s participation in wildlife management initiatives. Environment staff participate in meetings, working groups and conferences associated with wildlife management and the protection of species at risk. Staff also review and provide input into technical documents such as range plans and review research license applications, outfitter application, and other applications associated with wildlife in Chief Drygeese Territory.
Highlights from this year include:
- Participated in the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board Public Hearing to Consider a Modification of the Total Allowable Harvest for Bluenose East Caribou Population held in Kugluktuk.
- Participated in the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board Public Hearing Proposal to Decrease the Total Allowable Harvest for Bathurst Caribou from 30 to 0 held in Cambridge Bay
- Participated in several meetings regarding the Bathurst Caribou Range Plan and continue to review the plan and submit YKDFN input
- Participated in several meetings and regarding the Boreal Caribou Range Plan and continue to coordinate YKDFN participation with GNWT staff
- Participated in the Mackenzie Bison Working Group meeting. This year the working group submitted recommendations to ENR on a potential quota for bison harvesting.
- Participated in Wolf Management meetings to plan and discuss predator management as part of the Bathurst and Bluenose East herd protection. As part of this work GNWT provided a wolf harvesting and pelt preparation training program to membership in Dettah.
- Participated in the Grizzly Bear/Wolverine Biological and Management Feasibility Working Group meetings. This working group was established to conduct a biological assessment of grizzly bear and wolverine in the annual range of the Bathurst and Bluenose East herds. The working group will use this assessment to assess the feasibility of potential effectiveness of different management techniques.