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continued from front located on Crown land. Caribou recovery in the ranges and moose. They don't count as in the area. Hemens replied, “Most
continued from front “The Little Smoky range is the depends on addressing habitat- much as the caribou?” Hemans of those rights have been sold in
most disturbed caribou range in related factors that result - in replied, “There is still room for that area. This doesn't really
continued from front Canada. With this high disturbance excessive predation rates on moose and deer. But once this area change the development picture.

continued from front and the forestry sector's reliance on caribou populations. This requires is built we don't want predators in It's more about how companies
the area, forestry and the caribou both short and long term strategies there.” manage their tenure and requires
are in essence competing for the and actions towards a future where “We are creating a solution that companies to make use of existing
same territory,” said Hemens. “It caribou populations can be self- the federal government is telling us footprint where they can.”
was a difficult conversation,” but sustaining. Current habitat they feel positive about. We Councillor Fred Priestley-Wright
with ongoing talks they managed conditions in the Little Smoky and wanted a solution for not just a concluded, “Over time I think we
to work beyond the impasses and A La Peche Caribou Ranges will couple of years but introduce can say we've thrown a lot of
came to an agreement with not support self-sustaining caribou something for the long term,” said money at this. But Mother Nature
industry. populations. Hemens. still rules and trying to put her on
With the provincial election the Without the protection of dense, Mayor Gerald Soroka asked if our path hasn't worked in the past,
NDP received the report. “The old growth forest, wolves rapidly this will affect natural gas and oil good luck.”
NDP wasn't entirely sure what to kill juvenile caribou. And without
do with this report,” said Hemens. young caribou growing into
With additional consultations and adulthood, the herd is under
appovals within the various pressure. Male charged with impaired
Summers Drilling
provincial ministries, the draft The younger forest regrowth has Summers Drilling
increased moose and deer
release of the plan is now being populations, the favorite of wolves, driving causing bodily harm
moved forward.
Water Well Drilling
“There are roughly 12,000 so the wolf populations went up. Water Well Drilling
kilometres of seismic line going The roads and seismic lines mean On July 16, 2016, at The ensuing police investigation
through this area, some have wolves can quickly infiltrate into approximately 9 p.m., Edson determined that alcohol was a
A proud Alberta business, since 1917,
grown over, some have not. There caribou ranges. The old forest RCMP responded with Yellowhead factor in the rollover. A proud Alberta business, since 1917,
Summers Drilling specializes in water well
is a lot of scientific research that growth no longer provides a County Fire Department and Darrell Ronald Weigel, 55 years Summers Drilling specializes in water well
drilling and water well repairs.
tells us wolves are traveling up and refuge. Adding to this, the lack of Associated Ambulance to a single old, has been charged with drilling and water well repairs.
down these lines much more deep snow in the past years that vehicle ATV rollover in the county impaired operation of a motor
quickly, chasing down the caribou caribou rely on for protection, it area. vehicle (by alcohol) causing bodily
and killing them,” said Hemens. has tipped the balance in favour of As a result of the rollover, a male harm contrary to the Criminal Code
The plan calls for 100 square the wolves. passenger received serious life- of Canada. Weigel will make his
kilometres of fencing, which could The government has taken theses threatening injuries that required first appearance in Edson
be expanded, with the caribou reasons to be strong enough him to be airlifted to Edmonton via Provincial Court on October 4,
moved inside the enclosure, and evidence for the ongoing wolf cull STARS for emergency medical 2016.
the removal or extermination of in the area. Controversial treatment.
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boundary. “A maternity pen has the most effective. The province
been tried before but in this case has killed, on average, 100 wolves
we are talking about something per year since 2005.
much larger,” said Hemens. For a number of years industry Sid's Safety
“Essentially, no one has done this has been working with new
on this scale before, so it's a bit of regulations to minimize its
an experiment.” footprint with the ranges. But the & Janitor al
The report states the Little efforts have not had a significant
Smoky and A La Peche Caribou effect on the caribou population.
Ranges include important forest Further into the report's financial
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where caribou and industrial enough to make it difficult for
activity co-exist, with strict industry.”
regulation, investment in During the concluding round of all your safety needs
aggressive and innovative questions, Councillor Shawn Berry
approaches, and careful monitoring asked, “The plan shows the
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