The provincial government is taking steps to ensure minimal disturbance to the remaining animals in Labrador's Red Wine caribou herd. VOCM's Linda Swain reports.
The province's latest survey shows the Red Wine sub population has dwindled to just 20 animals. The provincial government is moving to ensure that any work activity in the area, including Nalcor's development of Muskrat Falls involves minimal disturbance to the remaining animals. The provincial government has issued Nalcor an amendment to the schedule allowing economic activity under the Endangered Species Act.
The amendment to the schedule states that all work activities are to be rescheduled if caribou are observed within a four km radius of the work area. Work cannot resume until caribou no longer occupy the area. All boreal caribou in Labrador, including the Red Wine herd have been designated as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 2002. Audiofile.