Caribou Herd Declines (Geoff Carroll)

Video Shot in: 2022

Geoff Carroll discusses the significant decline in caribou herds in the Arctic over the past 15 years, with some populations experiencing at least a 50 percent decrease. This decline is likely linked to warmer winters, leading to icing events that make it difficult for the caribou to access their food. As the population declines, the predator-to-prey ratio changes, resulting in more caribou being preyed upon by wolves and bears. Although there have been signs of recovery, the Western Arctic Caribou herd experienced another decline recently. Despite this, there have been reports of caribou coming close to Utqiaġvik in the last two years, leading to local perceptions that the caribou population is increasing.