Labrador Inuit group says caribou hunt suspended
Wild caribou roam the tundra near the Meadowbank Gold Mine located in Nunavut on March 25, 2009. (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Monday, January 20, 2014 9:23AM EST
Last Updated Monday, January 20, 2014 10:35AM EST
HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. -- Labrador's NunatuKavut Community Council says its caribou hunt has been suspended for the second consecutive year.
The Inuit organization says the move follows a review of a moratorium on hunting the George River caribou herd that was put in place in December 2012.
Council vice president Jim Holwell says continuing with the moratorium is in the best interests of preserving the herd.
The council says the herd currently numbers about 20,000 animals, which is down from 30,000 recorded last year.
The George River herd numbered about 800,000 animals a decade ago.