Wildlife Management in the GSA
In collaboration with other agencies and government departments, the Gwich'in Renewable Resources Board has participated in the elaboration of management plans for some wildlife species of the GSA:
Porcupine Caribou Harvest Management Plan
Best estimates put the Porcupine Caribou herd’s current population at 90,000 to 100,000 animals, indicating a continued slow decline from 178,000 caribou in 1989. This herd ranges close to eight communities in five aboriginal land claim areas in two territories in Canada, as well as ranging into Alaska. The Harvest Management Plan coordinates management actions in Canada for this herd and allows for proactive, responsible management and use of the herd.
The GRRB will be assisting Parties to the Plan in implementing management actions and will be continuing to collect harvest information through community interviews. The herd is currently in the Yellow Zone, indicating that the management actions supported by all parties are to Hunt Bulls Only, and Report All Harvests. For more information about the herd and the management planning process and agreement, visit the Porcupine Caribou Management Board or download the plan or a plan summary here:
Harvest Management Plan
3-page Summary of the Plan
The Draft Cape Bathurst, Bluenose-West and Bluenose East Barren Ground Caribou Herds Management Plan is being finalized and is no longer out for public review
Grizzly Bear Management Agreement & Plan
A Grizzly Bear Management
Plan for the GSA has been developed by the GRRB, RRCs and DRWED.
The finished plan provides a framework for the management of
grizzly bears, protection of grizzly habitat and the protection
of Gwich'in harvesting rights. The best way to manage grizzly bears
is to make a plan so that everyone can agree on what needs to be
done and who is doing it.
Grizzly Management Plan
Management Agreement (4 Gwich'in Communities)
Moose Management Plan
The GRRB, RRCs and DRWED have finished a Moose Management Plan which will act as a framework for the management of moose,
protection of moose habitat and the protection of Gwich'in harvesting
rights. The Plan was completed in December 2000.
Moose Management Plan for the GSA
Dall's Sheep Management Plan
A management plan has been drafted for this sheep population. Parties to the plan are reviewing it for finalization. At its fall 2014 meeting, the GRRB approved the priority actions in the management plan (see the summary table of management actions on page iv in the plan and GRRB motion 14-31) and is requesting that parties follow those actions now while working to finish the management plan. Of significance is that the 2014 survey results show a 29% decline in the observed sheep population since the 2010 survey. Nursery sheep numbers (ewes and young rams) declined by 32.5% since 2010 and by 44% since 2006. The GRRB will be working to implement the approved actions as precautionary measures for this sheep population.
Dall's Sheep Management Plan
2014 Dall's Sheep Field Survey Report
2011 Dall's Sheep Status Report