To ensure moose populations remain healthy and resilient, Ontario is reducing adult moose tags across the province by about 18 per cent for 2014.
The reductions are in response to declining moose populations in northern Ontario, which were noted by provincial biologists during this winter’s annual aerial surveys. The largest tag reductions will occur in areas with the largest declines.
Ontario has been working with key stakeholders and the hunting community to respond to these changes and plans to seek public input this summer on next steps.
For more information about the moose tags available in your area, see the 2014 Hunting Summary Regulations at ontario.ca/hunting. Ontario’s moose draw opens on April 22, 2014.
Ontario’s moose population has remained relatively stable over the past decade; however, most areas of northeastern Ontario and the more accessible parts of northwestern Ontario have recently been showing signs of decline.
Many factors can contribute to population shifts, such as harvest, predation, parasites, habitat condition and low calf numbers.
Ontario continues to set long-term population targets and look at how and when moose can be hunted in this province through its Moose Project.
“Ontario and its partners have agreed that we must act now to secure the future of moose in this province. Moose are not only important to Ontario’s economy, particularly in northern communities, but they are also vital to our province’s biodiversity.”
— David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources
“While this is not encouraging news for moose hunters, it does present the opportunity to re-evaluate how we share in the management of the moose resource. We would like to work cooperatively with the Ministry of Natural Resources to investigate this trend and subsequently make changes to manage moose, with confidence that this declining trend can be turned around.”
— John Kaplanis, executive director, Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen’s Alliance
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