Nunavut Raises Polar Bear Quota
October 29, 2011 by staff
The total allowable harvest of polar bears in the western Hudson Bay in 2007 was reduced to 38 of 56, and then the next eight years.
“The increase is because we have listened to the communities and Inuit knowledge and more bears are seen more bears in the communities,” said Shewchuk. “So we feel, at this moment, for this period of one year, which would take and use Inuit knowledge and increase the quota.”
According to Environment Canada, Canada is home to about 15,500 from about 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears in the world of the polar regions.
The exact size of the western Hudson Bay is not known, but people in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut say polar bears are becoming a problem in some communities that kills self-defense have become more common.
Napayok ??Muckpah Jimmy, 18, a bear killed Thursday night near his home in Arviat. He met the bear, which had been attacking dogs.
“Bears are not in decline,” said Lois Suluk-Locke, a resident of Arviat. “There have been many and has been so frightening. I am very pleased that the fee was raised and put to good use.”
Shewchuk said Nunavut can be criticized for increasing quotas for polar bears, but said a population survey was recently completed in-depth and numbers are used to determine fees next year.
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