The quota of 75 Dolphin and Union caribou has been reached in Cambridge Bay and no more hunting of the animals is allowed, the Department of Environment announced on Thursday afternoon.

Any remaining harvesting tags are void and should be returned to the Ekaluktutiak Hunters and Trappers Organization or the local wildlife office.

If further hunting of the caribou herd takes place, it will be a violation of the Nunavut Wildlife Act. An investigation will be launched and enforcement action is possible, according to the Government of Nunavut.

“The (total allowable harvest) was established by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board to support the recovery of the Dolphin and Union Caribou population, and is a critical piece in the co-management efforts to allow the herd to recover and provide harvesting opportunities for future generations,” the Department of Environment stated in a Thursday news release.

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