Muskox Management on the North Slope
Our Council has been collaborating with a number of partners to create a framework to support the management of Yukon North Slope muskox. This work is guided by the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.
"The management of the wildlife populations and habitat to ensure the maintenance of the quality, including the long-term optimum productivity, of these resources and to ensure the efficient utilization of the available harvest." - Inuvialuit Final Agreement
There are three main goals established under this framework:
- Provide opportunities for Inuvialuit hunters to harvest muskoxen, while maintaining a healthy, productive, and sustainable population.
- Minimize any detrimental effects that muskoxen may have on caribou and caribou habitat and harvesting.
- Cooperate and share information about muskoxen among users to develop and implement management and research programs.
Further, in order to support the management framework and to make sound decisions about muskox, we have also been working to develop a research plan for the next five years, addressing key knowledge gaps and questions, including those raised by Inuvialuit.