A new report has been released about woodland caribou on the island of Newfoundland. Woodland caribou in Newfoundland have recently experienced a steep and rapid decline. While predation on caribou calves is a key reason for this decline, habitat alteration from human land use and activities can result in functional habitat loss – a decline in caribou occupancy well beyond the immediate footprint of the disturbance. Disturbed areas also allow predators easier access to caribou herds.
Recommendations in this report include:
- The government of Newfoundland and Labrador adopt a landscape-level approach to caribou management that seeks to maintain large intact habitat landscapes across the Island of Newfoundland.
- The government of Newfoundland and Labrador apply a temporary deferral on all new forest harvesting and road building within intact habitat landscapes that support caribou until the completion of the 5 year Caribou Strategy, the 2013 Sustainable Forest Management Strategy and the conclusion of the Adaptive Management Research Project.
- The government of Newfoundland and Labrador implement the Natural Areas System Plan and prioritize protecting candidate areas that overlap with caribou occupancy areas.
For complete report, maps, video and contact info, visit the Canadian Boreal Initiative website: