limits non-native caribou hunt last updated feb 20 2006 04:19 pm cst cbc news non-aboriginal hunters in the northwest territories will no longer be able to hunt as many caribou, as the government tries to get a grip on declining populations of the animal. the territorial government announced monday it is bringing in new restriction because the barren-ground caribou herds are in decline. according to recent counts, the bathurst caribou herd alone has lost 75 per cent of its population in the last four years. * from dec. 6, 2005: tuk hunters face curb to caribou hunt effective immediately, non-aboriginal people who live in the territory will only be allowed to kill two caribou per year, down from five. they will not be able to kill female caribou. the onus is on the hunter to ensure they're only shooting caribou bulls. michael miltenberger, the minister of environment and natural resources, says there will be more changes coming. "this is not an event, this is a process that we started back in april when we got the information that the herds are declining," he says. "...we've taken a first step here� interim measures� and as we do the further work on herds and predators we're going to be coming back and looking at what else is required." there are no new restrictions for aboriginal hunters. the government is also looking removing restrictions on wolf hunting. some aboriginal people say wolf packs are largely responsible for the decline in caribou.

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