Central Ontario Moose Survey Highlights
In 2017, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) undertook a survey of moose management in Central Ontario (WMU’s 41, 42 & 47) through its Insights online medium which allows feedback from many members and non-members alike. In this particular survey, 80% of respondents were members. We commend the OFAH for undertaking this survey and for making it public.
Apparently, 1,348 respondents supplied valuable contributions and 600 respondents included comments and concerns about MNRF moose management in Ontario. The OFAH Moose Survey should be available on their website: www.ofah.org/moose.
The survey has many interesting points about how moose management may be improved in Ontario. Although the survey is too lengthy to detail here, the feedback shows that 80% of respondents would favour a Calf Validation tag for WMU’s 41, 42 and 47.
The survey prompted concerns from some of our members to the OFAH. Some of the other comments from respondents to the OFAH survey:
“This will be the final straw for our hunting camp as we have been virtually blocked off from tags since 2001”
“Make calf validations tags mandatory for all WMU’s.”
Over 70% of the comments concerned the Indigenous harvest of moose, the unregulated nature of indigenous moose harvesting and the lack of moose harvest reporting. This, by far, was the most concerning element by respondents.
“…….without knowing the amount of indigenous moose harvest, we will never be able to manage moose in Ontario.”
“It is very important that our indigenous communities get on board, no matter what is decided.”
“Reduce wolf/bear populations would greatly increase moose calf survival.”
“The bear population has to be decreased if the MNRF is serious about improving the moose population,”
“Aerial spraying of food sources must stop.”
There are many other comments and information. Check out the survey on their website.