SCIF Funds Caribou Study

Steve Gullage and Shane P. Mahoney

Times are changing across the vast barrenlands of Newfoundland, the massive 43,000 square-mile island that lies off the east coast of Canada. One of the greatest icons of Newfoundland’s wilderness, the woodland caribou, has fallen on hard times. Hunters and outfitters, outdoor recreationists, and government biologists have all observed that the number of caribou is lower and lower each year, a decline that seemed impossible during the glory days of caribou hunting in the late 1990s. Caribou numbers have fallen from almost 100,000 strong in those days to approximately 30,000 today.