The N.W.T. government has released how it has divided up tags for the Bluenose-East caribou herd for 2014-2015 hunting season.

In January, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced the harvest would be limited to 1,800 animals, 80 per cent of which must be bulls.

The tags will be divided up as follows: 

  • Tlicho government - 1,100
  • Sahtu communities - 480
  • Akaitcho communities - 60
  • North Slave Métis Alliance - 50
  • Dehcho communities - 45
  • N.W.T. Métis Nation - 40
  • Inuvialuit settlement region - 25

A 2013 population survey of the Bluenose-East herd, with a range that stretches from Colville Lake to the Beaufort Sea, found it had declined to about 68,000 animals from more than 100,000 in 2010.

A reconnaissance survey in June 2014 suggests the herd has continued to decline by about 30 per cent.

The 2014-2015 hunting season ends in late March.