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Effort underway to obtain proof of Kuekuatsheu/Wolverine presence in Kamestastin area
Posted 21 October 2007, 6:33 pm NDT
Tshikapisk was pleased to welcome biologists Isabelle Schmelzer and Gerry Yetman to Kamestastin in the second week of October 2007. Isabelle is with the Newfoundland and Labrador Government and Gerry with the Habitat Stewardship office of the Federal Government's Species at Risk program. The purpose of their visit to Kamestastin was to set in motion preparations for the setting up in March 2008 of 20 wolverine hair snagging devices. They brought with them materials for the building of the 20 devices which will be deployed in March one mile apart over an agreed route by Innu Nation Environmental Guardians Sebastien Piwas and Hank Rich. Albert Rich (Apat) from Natuashish will also be participating.

Isabelle and Gerry conducted a workshop in the building and setting out of the devices which consist of an 8 foot baited pole wrapped in barbed wire and set up on a base of crossed 1" by 6" pieces. These have been used successfully in the Yukon and Alaska to obtain wolverine hair samples.

There have been various reports of animal sightings and track sightings in the Nain - Kamestastin - Border Beacon area. The hair snagging initiative hopes to obtain hair samples which will both prove the existence of the wolverine in the area and provide samples for DNA analysis.
 
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