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New muskox management regulations come into force

31 August 2015

News Release 

New muskox management regulations come into force 

IQALUIT, Nunavut (August 31, 2015) – The Government of Nunavut today announced new muskox management regulations that come into effect on September 1, 2015. The regulations update the boundaries of the management zones for muskox, and the total allowable harvests (TAH) for each zone. 

“Together with our co-management partners and stakeholders in the affected communities, we have been able to develop a muskox management system that has the full support of all parties,” said Minister of Environment Johnny Mike. “This regime reflects current harvesting practices in Nunavut and updates older regulations that had not changed since division from the Northwest Territories.” 

The new regulations implement several decisions of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board concerning population boundaries, total allowable harvests and non-quota limitations. 

Eight of the thirteen management zones have a yearly TAH, varying from 15 (Devon Group/MX-04) to 400 (Victoria Island Group/MX-07) muskox. There is no total allowable harvest established for the others. Complete details on muskox management zones and TAHs are available at 


Media Contact: 

Tana Silverland
Manager of Communications, Education and Outreach
Department of Environment