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.