I must agree with you, if there was ever a Ministry that needs to be dismantled and abolished – Its the MNR!
I had some discussing with our local Biologist and Thunder Bay’s Higher ups over the moose tags 2-3 yrs ago.
I’ll give you some history as to how we came to this.
Roughly 5 yrs ago, we had A (one) public meeting here in Geraldton, where the MNR Biologist was asking the local hunters for advice and ideas on how they could improve the herd size, should we reduce the season?, should we introduce a calf draw?, should we reduce the tag allocations?
Should we make party applications mandatory? Should we make tag holders mandatory hunters (can’t transfer the tags to other party members)…
The following year, came the Caribou incentive, to try to introduce the Caribou down to North Bay? As apparently they were in the 1840’s???
So the MNR tried to eradicate the moose here in the WMU 19 & 21A, by giving out an enormous amount of tags.
When I questioned the Biologist on this brainwave tactic, I asked him why we needed to lower the moose herds? His reply was, “if we lower the moose numbers, then the wolf numbers will also go down, which are the predators of the Caribou” ( apparently nothing else will eat a caribou? Bears don’t care for Caribou meat apparently?).
As well one must assume that wolves will not eat anything else but Moose and Caribou? (hint wolves are a CANIVOR, they will eat anything with a heartbeat or pulse!).
When I inquired on the population status of Moose, Caribou and Wolves back in the 1840’s, no one could give me an answer, because they did not have the data?
And they openly admitted that this exercise was a “roll of the dice”, and its a 20 -25 yrs experiment?
I mentioned to them, first your caved in to tree huggers with the Spring bear hunt cancellation, the outfitters much needed money maker to help them make it to the fishing season, not to mention a good managing tool for the Bear population. Now your slowly taking away the moose hunt, which will undoubtedly lower the number of tags allocated to them. So I asked, then you will introduce a Caribou season for the locals and outfitters right – “NO you will never see a Caribou season in Ontario!” was the reply.
(I find it funny that nobody says anything about the Deer tag allocations? A hunter can only have one Buck tag, but up to 6 Doe tags? I guess Bambi isn’t as cute as a bear cub?)
Now skip to the present 2014, and now they are saying the herd has declined in numbers?
If this isn’t enough proof that this MNR is Mis-managing our natural resources, I don’t know what is?
They have introduced LCC’s (local Citizen’s Committees) across the Province, in order to give shareholders a voice at the round table. This is a tactic that is used by this Ministry and others are adopting it as well. All they have to do is give the Public shareholders an opportunity to give them an opinion or have discussion on a certain topic, they do not have to listen, take direction from such discussions, or take any kind of actions with regards to discussions even if the overall census is to do so, with a very high %.
They only need to give you the opportunity to voice your concerns, and they are good to go.
I agree with you Paul, its the good ol’boys retirement club, get in, and find a job for your family members – and enjoy life at the taxpayers expense.
Like I have always stated, it does not matter which Gov’t body you are dealing with, Municipal, Prov, or Fed – you are dealing with Organized Crime in the highest degree.
All one has to do is look at the Gov’ts scandals on the News.