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Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group

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ALT TEXT: "Practice outdoor ethics with Iñupiat Ilitqusiat In the past, local people had to work very hard to harvest caribou, traveling up toward the North Slope, Colville River, and Upper Noatak. Hunters were gone for weeks or months at a time. They didn’t take caribou for granted, but developed a deep respect for the animals. A culture of song, dance and tradition developed to honor caribou. Without the knowledge of our parents and grandparents, and their conservation of the caribou, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Caribou should be treated with respect. Tuttu are integral to our culture, and we want to have these animals return every year. We need to practice respectful, responsible hunting. Today’s hunters need to carry on this conservation and respect so we will have caribou for future generations. How can you harvest your caribou without disrespecting them? Consider hunting with a partner or a group. You can work together and make a plan of how to get close to the caribou or move them toward another hunter’s position. Through sharing and cooperation everyone will receive a portion of the harvest."