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Caribou On The Move
Photo copyright Murray & Marcelle Douglas - all rights reserved
This awesome photo of caribou bulls and cows gathering for a river water crossing was taken by clients Murray & Marcelle Douglas on a special 2015 wildlife canoe expedition on the Ungava Peninsula in Nunavik Canada. During late July to mid-August each year, the caribou of the Leaf River herd migrate south from their calving grounds to intercept the bulls near the tree-line. During this period the cows & calves will occasionally swell into what is known as 'bunches' - often at water crossings, and then dissipate again. This cycle continues over a two to three week period. Once the bull caribou are met the animals spread out and graze in small groups in the late summer migratory lull, while they feed and build up fat stores to endure the upcoming winter and mating period. As caribou herds are rapidly dwindling in numbers across the north, the immense 200,000 strong Leaf River herd in the Nunavik region in Canada still offers one of the best chances to experience this incredible wildlife phenomona.
"We had over 500 caribou come through the camp on the evening that this photo was taken on the Leaf River.
Click her to visit Murray Douglas's photo essay and trip review of his travels with us in Canada's Far North
Check out this new video clip of migrating caribou gathering to cross the Leaf River in August 2015. Click on photo to see the film!
Trips on which we offer encounters with the great caribou migration in Canada's Far North include:
- The Great Summer Caribou Migration
- The Leaf River Canoe Expedition
- Winter caribou & the James Bay Cree
Click here to view a map of the range of the Leaf River Caribou Herd in Nunavik, Canada
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