Table 1. Study group: Inuit knowledge mammal species and subpopulations (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada = COSEWIC; designatable units = DUs).

Species Population (DU) Number of Harvest Locations % of COSEWIC Range
within Nunavut
Population Corresponds to COSEWIC DU?
Beluga Whale
(Delphinapterus leucas)
Cumberland Sound 228 100 yes
East High Arctic 480 100 yes
Western Hudson Bay 1577 33 yes
Narwhal
(Monodon monoceros)
Baffin Bay 1449 75 yes
Hudson Bay 177 100 yes
Polar Bear
(Ursus maritimus)
Baffin Bay 238 50 n/a
Foxe Basin 490 80 n/a
Gulf of Boothia 133 100 n/a
Lancaster Sound 515 100 n/a
McClintock Channel 81 50 n/a
Norwegian Bay 32 80 n/a
Walrus
(Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus)
Foxe Basin 902 100 yes
High Arctic 231 75 yes
Hudson Bay/Davis Str. 646 90 yes
Peary Caribou
(Rangifer tarandus pearyi)
High Arctic 384 90 yes
Low Arctic 111 100 yes