Great Canadian Parks / Northwest Territories

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The Parks / Northwest Territories / Tuktut Nogait National Park



 


 

The park protects the calving grounds essential to the herd of over 100 000 Bluenose barren-ground caribou, which along with the Bathurst herd, migrate throughout this region. Together they are estimated to number 500 000 animals. Native people of the region still depend on the caribou as they have for thousands of years. Significant populations of muskox, grizzly bear and wolf also roam the breadth of the territory. The park protects the highest concentrations of hawks, falcons and eagles on the continent including the vulnerable peregrine falcon. The Tundra Hills region is the only remaining nesting ground for possibly the rarest bird in Canada, the Eskimo curlew, a victim of overhunting. The Hornaday River contains char spawning habitat recently shielded from the effects of mineral exploration and development along the valley.

 

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