Quebec caribou population continues to decline: ministry

By Stéphane Blais
Canadian Press in the Montreal Gazette
January 14, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Caribou populations in Quebec, heavily disturbed by human activity, continue to decline, according to new figures to be published Monday by the ministry of the environment.  La Presse Canadienne looked at caribou population inventories carried out in 2021 and 2022 in the Gaspésie, Nord-du-Québec and Côte-Nord regions, and in all three regions, populations continue to decline, mainly because of the destruction of their habitat. Only the Caniapiscau caribou population is growing.  ….How much are these populations declining? It is difficult to determine this, according to the director general of the co-ordination of wildlife management at the ministry of the environment.  …The ministry, however, hypothesizes an “average decrease of 11 per cent of the population per year.”  According to inventory documents, the main disturbances to the habitat of the caribou population are logging roads, logging and burning (clearing by fire).

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