Species Profile

Peary Caribou Low Arctic population

Scientific Name: Rangifer tarandus pearyi
Taxonomy Group: Mammals
COSEWIC Range: Northwest Territories, Nunavut
COSEWIC Assessment Date and Status Change: May 2004
COSEWIC Status: Non-active
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COSEWIC History of Status Designation: The original designation considered a single unit that included Peary Caribou, Rangifer tarandus pearyi, and what is now known as the Dolphin and Union Caribou, Rangifer tarandus. It was assigned a status of Threatened in April 1979. Split to allow designation of three separate populations in 1991: Banks Island, High Arctic and Low Arctic populations. The Low Arctic population was designated Threatened in April 1991. In May 2004 all three population designations were de-activated, and the Peary Caribou, Rangifer tarandus pearyi, was assessed separately from the Dolphin and Union Caribou, Rangifer tarandus. The former Low Arctic population is contained partly within the subspecies pearyi and partly within the Dolphin and Union Caribou.
SARA Status: Schedule 2, Threatened - (SARA Schedule 1 provisions do not apply)
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Caribou ( Dolphin and Union population ) Endangered Special Concern
Peary Caribou Threatened Endangered

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