Seeking Advice on the Future of Caribou in the Lake Superior Coast Range

ERO number
013-2587
Notice type
Policy
Act
Endangered Species Act , R.S.O. 2007
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Transferred to
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Notice stage
Decision
Decision posted
Comment period
March 19, 2018 - May 3, 2018 (45 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:
March 19, 2018
to May 3, 2018

Decision summary

We are developing a management approach for the Lake Superior Coast Range and Discontinuous Distribution, which will identify and describe Ontario’s approach for boreal caribou conservation and recovery in this area.

Decision details

On April 1, 2019, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks assumed responsibility for Species at Risk. Species at Risk was formerly the responsibility of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

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Effects of consultation

All comments received on the proposal are being considered by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

This decision notice is to advise the public of a shift in responsibility for the Species at Risk from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. Policy development is ongoing.

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Species Conservation Policy Branch
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435 James Street South
1st floor
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 6T1
Canada

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Katherine Olejarz

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Species at Risk Branch - Landscape Species Recovery Section
Address

99 Wellesley Street West - Whitney Block
Suite 5540
Toronto, ON
M7A 1W3
Canada

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Original proposal

ERO number
013-2587
Notice type
Policy
Act
Endangered Species Act , R.S.O. 2007
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Proposal posted

Comment period

March 19, 2018 - May 3, 2018 (45 days)

Proposal details

Description of policy

Boreal caribou (caribou) are listed as threatened under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, 2007. Currently, boreal caribou are found across most of northern Ontario, where distribution of the species is generally continuous across broad landscapes. Thirteen caribou ranges have been delineated in this region.

Farther south, along the northeast shore of Lake Superior, the Lake Superior Coast Range supports isolated populations of caribou.  The coastal range is unique in its small size, shoreline location, and inclusion of small nearshore and two large off-shore islands, the Slate Islands and Michipicoten Island.

The Lake Superior Coast Range is separated from the ranges to the north by an area called the Discontinuous Distribution. Both the coastal range and Discontinuous Distribution were continuously populated with caribou until the late 1800s. Over time, factors such as unregulated hunting and changes in land cover and forest composition as a result of human development and activities led to the extirpation (local extinction) of caribou in the Discontinuous Distribution and decline of caribou numbers in the Lake Superior Coast Range.

Caribou are spatially separated across the Lake Superior Coast Range into relatively isolated sub-populations comprised of the mainland and nearshore islands, and the large off-shore islands, Michipicoten Island and the Slates Islands. These spatially separated populations interact when individual members move from one population to another. There is limited but occasional natural (example are ice bridges) and human assisted movements between these three sub-populations.

In recent years, Michipicoten and the Slate Islands have supported the majority of the caribou in the Lake Superior Coast Range. These islands are normally predator free; however recently wolves arrived on these islands over an ice bridge and have since have significantly reduced these sub-populations.

Ontario’s Woodland Caribou Conservation Plan (2009) recognized the unique characteristics of this area and recommended the development of management approaches specific to the Lake Superior Coast Range and Discontinuous Distribution.

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Get in touch with the office listed below to find out if materials are available.

Species Conservation Policy Branch
Address

435 James Street South
1st floor
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 6T1
Canada

Comment

Commenting is now closed.

This consultation was open from March 19, 2018
to May 3, 2018

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Peggy Bluth

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Email address
Office
Species Conservation Policy Branch
Address

435 James Street South
1st floor
Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 6T1
Canada