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More On Hunting Rights and Environmentalism

From comes an account of a conflict between the hunting rights of the Inuit in Canada’s far north and the Canadian Government. The government wishes to add five species of animals (including three species of caribou) in Nunavut Territory to the ‘Species at Risk’ list and Nunavut hunters fear that this will limit or end their ability to hunt those animals. At the heart of the conflict seems to be whether or not to believe the animal population numbers of Canadian government scientists or the traditional knowledge about caribou, their numbers, and migration patterns of Inuit hunters.

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