In 2013, the NWT Species at Risk Committee assessed Dolphin and Union Caribou as a species of Special Concern in the NWT because of population decline and concerns about threats. In 2015, Dolphin and Union Caribou were listed as Special Concern in the NWT under the territorial Species at Risk (NWT) Act.
Since 2011, Dolphin and Union Caribou have been listed as Special Concern in Canada under the federal Species at Risk Act. In 2017, COSEWIC re-assessed the status of Dolphin and Union Caribou as Endangered in Canada.
In recent years, Inuvialuit and Inuit have taken a series of voluntary and legislated measures to reduce the harvest of Dolphin and Union Caribou in response to the decline.
A management plan for Dolphin and Union caribou in the NWT and Nunavut has been developed and is available here.