Conservationists in Manitoba have issued a call to stop Manitoba’s declining moose population.
Jack Dubois is with the Manitoba chapter of the Society, as well as a retired director of the wildlife branch of Manitoba Conservation. He says the province is doing some good things, but could be doing more:
“They did put some new resources into moose, they hired some new biologists, some new enforcement people, but that was basically concentrating on just a couple areas of the province, and this serious moose decline is occurring over most of the province.”
Dubois suggests the province should:
– Do more research into disease and its impact
– Do more habitat management, and enforcement to ensure over-harvest doesn’t take place
– Have more consultations with First Nations
The society says moose have declined rapidly in the last 12 years. It says the population went from a historical high of 45,000 to less than 20,000.
Dubois says he thinks the main cause of the decline is increased access:
“Wherever there are roads in the province, it allows access for human predators, four-legged predators and wildlife diseases to get easier access to the moose.”
Last month the group sent a letter to the province urging them to develop an expanded strategy.