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Wolf Technical Feasibility Assessment: Options for Managing Wolves on the Range of the Bathurst Barren-ground Caribou Herd

Why was the feasibility assessment done?

The assessment was done to fulfill commitments made by ENR to conduct a collaborative feasibility assessment of wolf management options for the range of the Bathurst herd, including areas within and outside of Wek’èezhìı.   In December 2015, a “Joint Proposal on Caribou Management Actions for the Bathurst Herd: 2016-2019” was submitted by TG and ENR, to the Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board (WRRB).  In the joint management proposal, ENR stated it would carry out the outstanding technical feasibility assessment of wolf management options, with the assessment completed collaboratively with TG and the input of other interested parties. During the 2016 Bathurst Caribou Herd Public Hearing, it was clarified that that the WRRB would be part of the assessment. Further discussions led to the WRRB ‘s recommendation indicating the WRRB would take the lead. Subsequent discussions led to the establishment of the Wolf Feasibility Working Group which relies on a collaborative process. The WG has been meeting since May 2016.

What is the feasibility assessment?

As a whole, the assessment addresses questions such as: “What types of wolf management are possible?”, “What do wolf management techniques require to be successful?” and “How would we know that wolf management is helping the Bathurst herd?”

The assessment was done by the Wolf Feasibility Working Group, which was formed to compile information about wolf management options and risks. These options are to be provided to management authorities, who in turn, and depending on their decisions, will submit specific management proposals for review in a public forum to allow for further discussion. The Working Group examined options for reducing wolf predation through lethal and non-lethal removal of wolves. Each option was reviewed under four criteria: humaneness, cost efficiency, likely effectiveness, and risks and uncertainties. 

Read the feasibility assessment here

Next steps?

This assessment does not take a position on wolf management, nor does it make any recommendations or proposals on what should be done. This assessment will be used by management authorities to decide what, if any, management options to consider as part of the overall Bathurst caribou management approach. Prior to implementation of any wolf management actions, consultation with indigenous governments and organizations with wildlife management authority for the Bathurst herd is required. Further, the submission of a management proposal to the WRRB would also be required. The submission of a proposal would result in the commencement of public proceedings, which would involve review of the proposed management actions and any supporting evidence for the proposed actions, and decisions and recommendations. Any proposals for actions on the Nunavut portion of the range would have to follow appropriate processes in that territory.

Who to contact

Dawn Curtis
Manager, Public Affairs and Communication
Environment and Natural Resources, GNWT

Jessica Hum and/or Tyanna Steinwand
Tłı̨chǫ Government

Jody Pellissey
Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board

North Slave Metis Alliance
(867) 873-6762