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COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Ross’s Gull in Canada

Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge

Subsistence harvest of Ross’s Gulls in Canada is probably negligible, although there are reports of the harvesting of birds at Point Barrow and migrant birds being shot for food by Alaskan Inuit (Macey 1981, Burger and Gochfeld 1996). In general, this species appears to play a minor role in the life of Inuit of Arctic Canada. Mallory et al. (2001) interviewed Inuit hunters in southern Baffin Island communities. These hunters were familiar with the Ross's Gull, which could be birds migrating from colonies in Foxe Basin. However, they noted that the bird was very uncommon.