In the 1980s Aklavik people told biologists that wolves followed the Porcupine Caribou Herd and that in some years wolves were abundant near Aklavik, while in others years, wolves were uncommon.

Biologists began studying wolves in 1987 to better understand the relationship between caribou and wolf numbers. Biologists also needed to know the effects of hunting and trapping on wolves in order to conserve them and recommend ways to sustainably use and manage them as part of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.

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