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Labrador seal hunt largely sidelined as sea ice hits 50-year low – CBC

May 12, 2021

Hunters worry about fate of seal pups as ice thins beneath them

Mina Campbell of North West River has been hunting seals each spring for 40 years, one of many who take to Labrador’s ice by late April in an activity rooted in Indigenous culture for centuries.

But Campbell hasn’t made it out once yet this season, due to the warm temperatures and lack of ice.

“The ice conditions are too iffy … Even though it’s a big part of our life in the spring, it’s certainly not worth risking your life,” said Campbell.

That risk is also record-setting.

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