Climatic Variability and Hunting and Trapping Success in the Pond Inlet Region.

Regions: Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Tags: hunting, historical data, climate, harvest, trapping

Principal Investigator: English, Michael C (24)
Licence Number: 12699
Organization: Wilfrid Laurier University
Licensed Year(s): 1994
Issued: Jan 01, 1994
Project Team: S. den Ouden

Objective(s): To understand what linkages exist between year to year climatic variability and hunting and trapping success of the residents of Pond Inlet; to talk with the Hunters and Trappers Association executive members about their views on how climate impacts upon the ecology of hunting and trapping success; and to relate hunting and trapping records and observations from local hunters and trappers to climate data which has been collected at Pond Inlet over the past several years.

Project Description: This study will examine how climate influences the success of hunting and trapping in the Pond Inlet area. The amount of snowfall and air temperature varies from year to year. Increased snowfall may change the normal range of the cariboo and a very cold winter may result in thick sea ice, affecting the distribution of sea breathing holes and number of polar bear found hunting. The researcher will meet with the HTA in regards to this.