Environment and Climate Change
February 20, 2017

Public Advisory: Caribou Survey Taking Place on Northern Peninsula

A population survey of woodland caribou herds will be carried out over the next several weeks on the Northern Peninsula. Surveys will take place in the vicinities of Deer Lake, Baie Verte and north along the Northern Peninsula to St. Anthony, and will include the Gregory Plateau, Aides Lake, Hampton Downs, Great Northern Peninsula, Gros Morne and St. Anthony caribou herds.

As part of the survey, a number of caribou will be marked using a highly-visible red paint. Neither the marking of the caribou, nor the paint itself, poses any harm to the animal. As the marked animals lose their winter coat in the spring, the red marking will also disappear.

The public is also advised that low-level flying aircraft will be used in the area to conduct census work. The census will be ongoing until the end of March 2017.

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Media contact:

Chrysta Collins
Media Relations Manager
Department of Environment and Climate Change
709-729-5783, 690-4436

2017 02 20                              10:25 a.m.