April 3, 2008
Hunters Reminded to Respect Caribou Hunting Regulations
The presence of hunting parties in the vicinity of closed caribou hunting zones along the Quebec-Labrador border region is prompting the Department of Natural Resources to issue a reminder to hunters to respect hunting regulations. Hunting zones in this region are home to several herds of threatened woodland caribou.
This region has been frequented in the past by hunters who have taken part in illegal hunting activity. Woodland caribou of Southern Labrador have been listed as threatened under the province's Endangered Species Act since 2004.
"Hunters in the area should be aware that conservation officers have been conducting regular helicopter and snowmobile enforcement patrols throughout the winter and that we remain committed to enforcing rules and regulations in place to protect these culturally and historically important animals," said the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency. "Hunters are reminded that there are several hunting zones in Labrador open. Accordingly, there is no need to hunt in restricted areas."
Information about caribou hunting regulations, including the location of hunting zone boundaries, is available on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador website at www.gov.nl.ca/env/wildlife/hnttrapfish/index.htm.
In addition, 'No Caribou Hunting' signs have been posted at strategic locations along snowmobile trails. Information is also available in the Newfoundland and Labrador 2007-08 Hunting and Trapping Guide which is available online at the web address noted above and at all Forest Management District offices throughout the province.
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