Simple enough solution, and I never hear it mentioned anywhere in the meetings they have on the issue. This could be because I donít live up there to attend. The same solution I suggested for the other caribou herds in the NWT would work there.
Make using trucks for hunting and transporting illegal
. The use of boats, skidooís are more than enough, and for the Vuntut Gwitchin, theyíre close enough they donít need anything else. Hunting has gotten too easy, with the Dempster and Winter road to the diamond mines. This leaves more for the real hunters out there and eliminates the windshield warriors
. (I got that one from an elder) Transporting should also be banned without a permit, as I know people drive great distances to hunt the caribou from other jurisdictions, and other places in the NWT as well. We who live in Yellowknife can enjoy the cheap food prices of the south and leave the caribou as a source of food for the people up north who pay high prices and need it. Iím wondering if itís too expensive to buy gas to do that up there nowdays?
Thereís no reason anyone in any community or region canít use their skidoos either so no one is banned from hunting.