No caribou shortage: local outfitter

Paul Hutchings
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HOWLEY  Reports coming in about decreased caribou numbers in the Howley area are probably not accurate, according to a local outfitter.

“I saw about 100 of them on Howley Road. the other day, so I really don’t concur with that,” said Ray Broughton, owner of Rays Hunting and Fishing.

Some in the area have been asking about the caribou, stating they haven’t been seeing as many on the main road. But Broughton said, in his experience, there’s a normal amount of animals out there.

“There’s a small herd right now that are close to (the town) because it helps them avoid predation by coyotes,” he said. “These animals are pretty hardy. They’ll be fine.”

Broughton and other outfitters are waiting out the winter to begin their hunting and fishing activities. The province launched a caribou study in 2008 as province-wide statistics showed that the population of the animals was decreasing.

But for the Howley area, said Broughton, the population level is right where it’s supposed to be.

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Geographic location: Howley Road

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  • ted
    February 19, 2013 - 18:18

    i dont know where people say there are lots of caribou at .yes you might see a herd here and there and thats pretty scarce.if the dont kill of the coyotes it wont be a carbou to be seen in time to come but you cannot pump this in someones heads*

  • Colleen
    February 14, 2013 - 08:03

    You all refer to it as "Scientific" when its not done by scientist at all. Its done by some biology major who likes the out doors. Can't be to hard to count some caibou from a helicopter then multiply that number by 7

  • Mike
    February 13, 2013 - 10:49

    Once again, the "good old boy" mentality of the west coast attempts to circumvent conventional science, kindness, politeness, manners, and who knows what else. Even worse, the paper is printing this as "news". At what point in college to journalist professors teach their students that a completely non-scientific statement by an average citizen alone makes for a news story? Oh right, they don't.

  • david
    February 13, 2013 - 09:13

    ....“I saw about 100 of them on Howley Road...." So there. Compelling scientific evidence. From a person with a very obvious financial dependence and incentive for the continued hunting of caribou. He (allegedly) saw that means there must be t'ousand's. Case closed.

    • jimbob
      February 13, 2013 - 10:50