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Moose population in Manitoba in sharp decline, wildlife society says
Moose population in Manitoba in sharp decline, wildlife society says

Moose population in Manitoba in sharp decline, wildlife society says

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.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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