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Arctic Animals and Lands - Land Mammals

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More than 750,000 caribou live in Nunavut, and few sights are more spectacular than a massive herd of migrating caribou thundering over the tundra. The most important land mammal to the Inuit is the caribou. The meat of the caribou provides daily sustenance and its fur provides clothing.

An encounter with muskoxen is a special treat. They exist in limited numbers despite a recent resurgence. One look at their shaggy coats, and you'll appreciate the important evolutionary role that the animals' thick fur has played. Barren-ground grizzlies are also spotted in the Northwest Territories. Wolves keep their distance from human settlements, but can still be tracked in the winter. The fierce wolverine, which is actually a member of the weasel family, is another northern resident. Wolverine hair is used by the Inuit to line the hoods of parkas.

There are also foxes, weasels, lemmings and hares in the Arctic. Many of these species have fur coats that turn brilliantly white in winter. Some of these species include the Arctic Fox, the Least Weasel, the Collared Lemming and the Arctic Hare. They have long been sought after by photographers.

You may now be asking yourself- what about polar bears? Information on these supreme marine hunters can be found in the marine mammals section.

Land Mammal Populations in Inns North Communities:

Arctic Fox ~ Widespread in the North, the Arctic Fox has small ears and hairy feet. It preys on lemmings, hares, birds and carrion. This fox is white in winter, and brown in the summer months. Found in:

Arctic Hare ~ The Arctic Hare is widely distributed across Nunavut. The hares live among rocks on rough hillsides and mountains, where they have ready shelter from foxes, gyrfalcons and other predators. Found in:

Caribou
~ The most northerly deer species in the world, the caribou numbers about 750,000 in Nunavut. Caribou live on the tundra from spring to late summer, before migrating south. Found in:
Arviat; Baker Lake; Cambridge Bay; Chesterfield Inlet;Fort McPherson
Gjoa Haven; Kimmirut; Kugaaruk; Pond Inlet; Repulse Bay; Whale Cove;

Barren-Ground Grizzly Bear~ The barren-ground grizzly bear is smaller than its cousins elsewhere in North America. They kill or scavenge animals, particularly caribou, ground squirrels and insects. Found in:
Cambridge Bay; Fort McPherson

Lemming
: There are two species of these rodents in Nunavut. The Brown Lemming prefers wetter areas, while the Collared Lemming, which turns white in winter, is usually seen on rocky terrain. Found in:
Arviat; Baker Lake; Cambridge Bay; Fort McPherson; Gjoa Haven;
Hall Beach
; Kimmirut; Sanikiluaq

Muskox
: the muskox has a thick, long and shaggy coat. It is found in groups of 10 to 20 in river valleys, along lake shores and near damp meadows. The tips of the muskox's horns point inward and resemble a helmet, . Found in:
Cambridge Bay; Ulukhaktok; Gjoa HavenQikiqtarjuaq (Broughton Island); Resolute

Weasel ~ The weasel is a small carnivorous mammal with a long, thin body. Although they depend mainly on lemmings, these small but fierce predators will tackle prey up to the size of Arctic Hares. Found in:
Arviat; Baker Lake; Cambridge Bay; Fort McPherson; Gjoa Haven;
Hall Beach; Kimmirut; Sanikiluaq

Wolf
~ Two types of wolves are found in Nunavut. Tundra Wolves are found on the mainland. They are often brown or grey and weigh 30 to 40 kilograms. Arctic Wolves are found on the islands and are usually smaller and white. Found in:
Arviat; Baker Lake; Cambridge Bay; Chesterfield Inlet; Fort McPherson;
Gjoa Haven; Ulukhaktok; Kimmirut; Whale Cove

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Inns North Canadian Arctic Hotels

Inns North Canadian Arctic Hotels hotels are located in:

Arviat, Nunavut
Baker Lake, Nunavut
Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut
Gjoa Haven, Nunavut
Hall Beach, Nunavut
Igloolik, Nunavut
Kimmirut, Nunavut
Kugaaruk, Nunavut
Pangnirtung, Nunavut
Pond Inlet, Nunavut
Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
Repulse Bay, Nunavut
Resolute Bay, Nunavut
Sanikiluaq, Nunavut
Whale Cove, Nunavut
Fort McPherson, NWT
Ulukhaktok, NWT

 


 
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