Endangered caribou threatened by hunting

Hunters from a remote western arctic community may be driving an endangered caribou herd closer to extinction.

Officials suspect that hunters from Sachs Harbour are taking too many of the endangered Peary Caribou.

Only 36 Peary can be hunted a year in Sachs Harbour...that's about one per household. They're supposed to report every kill to the local hunter's and trapper's committee. One board member, however, doubts all caribou are reported.

"One caribou per year for a household is low for people," says Andy Carpenter Jr. "We used to depend on caribou so much that it's hard to stop."

The mayor of Sachs, Andy Carpenter Sr., says there should be a wildlife officer permanently stationed in Sachs Harbour.

Government officials say that's just too expensive.