In the January 2020 newsletter, a brief reintroduction to the Advisory Committee for Cooperation on Wildlife Management (ACCWM) and what it does was given (if you missed it you can read it here), as well as the progress made at its last meeting with regard to reassessing herd statuses for the Bluenose-East (BNE), Bluenose-West (BNW), and Cape Bathurst Caribou herds. At that time, the statuses had not yet been confirmed and required subsequent meetings by Member Boards to determine the best course of action for each herd’s status this year. The Member Boards include the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (NWT), Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board, Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı (Sahtú Renewable Resources Board), Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board, Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board, and Tuktut Nogait National Park Management Board.
After additional meetings, the status for BNE and BNW ɂekwǫ̀ have been determined as Red, and Orange, respectively. This means that the BNE herd is determined to be at a very low population density, and as such, is in a critical position. The Orange status for the BNW herd means that the herd is at “intermediate and decreasing” levels, which need close monitoring and action if the decline is to be slowed and prevented from moving into the critical, ‘red’ status. The BNE and BNW Action Plans have been forwarded to the Government of the Northwest Territories, Government of Nunavut, Tłı̨chǫ Government, and the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. If you are interested in reading the BNE Action Plan for 2020/2021 or the BNW Action Plan for 2020/2021 you can do so on our publications page here. The herd status for the Cape Bathurst herd remains under consideration. Once a determination has been made on this herd, a 2020 Action Plan will be released, as well as the summary from the 4th Annual Status Meeting, which will also be available on our website.