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Mineral Rights in Calving Grounds

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February 18, 2010 – Comments (3)

One of the things about living in the north is I am learning about northern issues.  Lately I have been studying the caribou.  There are many species of caribou, but the herds appear to be in massive decline lately.

Something I was reading about the Caribou today is that there are 350 mineral right claims on caribou calving grounds in Nunavat.  Of course the mining companies claim they have little impact on the caribou, however, the mortality rate of the calves is already 50% in the first month.  Aircraft will cause caribou to stampede and if a calf loses its mother no other caribou cow will nurse it and it will die.

The other thing about companies coming is they bring roads and roads bring hunters.  In general, when roads are built, caribou herds in the areas the roads have access to decline.

 

3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 18, 2010 at 9:30 PM, FleaBagger (29.37) wrote:

One solution: buy the mineral rights and start a sanctuary.

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#2) On February 19, 2010 at 9:38 AM, OneLegged (< 20) wrote:

Alaska thinks the precipitous drop in caribou numbers is the fault of wolves.  They are carrying out an aerial shooting program to severely cut back on wolf numbers.  Proof again that we have learned exactly nothing in the past 150 years.

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#3) On February 22, 2010 at 7:15 PM, FleaBagger (29.37) wrote:

I think the caribou decline is due to global cooling.

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