Barren-ground caribou are the most abundant subspecies of caribou found the Northwest Territories. Various herds range over the taiga forests and tundra of the NWT mainland.
Many people rely on caribou as a food source and caribou hides are still traditionally tanned and made into clothing such as jackets, gloves and footwear.
ENR is responsible for the management, habitat conservation and sustainable use of barren-ground caribou. ENR works collaboratively with Aboriginal governments and renewable resources boards on the management and stewardship of this important resource.
There are several distinct barren-ground caribou herds in the NWT as shown on this map:
ENR tracks the movements of barren-ground caribou cows using satellite collars.
Management of barren-ground caribou in the NWT is a collaborative process with governments, co-management boards, Aboriginal governments and organizations and communities working together. Some NWT barren-ground caribou herds are shared with neighbouring jurisdictions.
Co-management processes, established under land claim agreements in the Inuvialuit, Gwich'in, Sahtu and Tlicho settlement areas, provide direction and advice to governments on management of caribou and habitat using traditional and scientific knowledge.