Black City: Saving the Caribou
The Porcupine Caribou Herd faces several threats to its survival. Air-borne pollutants from large industrial centres contaminate the lichen which is their main food. Many are concerned about the move to develop oil and gas reserves on the Herd’s calving ground on the coastal plains of Alaska. As well, northern researchers are monitoring the impacts of global warming which influence snow depth, permafrost melt, insect numbers, weather patters and the spread of disease.
The Porcupine herd is hunted by Gwich’in, Hän, Northern Tutchone, Inuvialuit and Inupiat from thirteen communities all of whom have long-standing ties to the herd and are concerned with its survival. The Porcupine Caribou Management Board is an international organization that works to manage the herd and maintain its habitat in Canada.
To learn more about the Porcupine Caribou Herd and its management, visit the website of the Porcupine Caribou Management Board.