Species Profile

Peary Caribou Banks Island population

Scientific Name: Rangifer tarandus pearyi
Taxonomy Group: Mammals
COSEWIC Range: Northwest Territories
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 Banks Island population was designated Endangered 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 Banks Island population is contained within the subspecies pearyi.
SARA Status: Schedule 2, Endangered - (SARA Schedule 1 provisions do not apply)
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