New caribou crisis – then and now

  • Robert A. Ruttan Box 42, Rural Route 2, Tawatinaw, Alberta, T0G 2E0
Keywords: Barren ground caribou, Bathurst caribou herd, Canada, crisis management history, population decline, resource management, traditional knowledge


The reported decline of the Bathurst herd has caused considerable concern and has raised rumours of a “crisis” in which there is a possibility of extinction. This paper reflects on relevant lessons learned from the officially declared “crisis” of population decline in 1955/56 and a second crisis of overpopulation identified by the author a decade later.
How to Cite
Ruttan, R. A. (2012). New caribou crisis – then and now. Rangifer, 32(2), 85-102.