QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO: The Ontario government is working for the people by listening to concerns from hunters on how the province manages its moose population to ensure sustainability and hunting opportunities for future generations.
“I have heard many concerns about both the moose tag draw system and the sustainability of the moose population,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller. “I am pleased that Natural Resources and Forestry Minister John Yakabuski is going to review the whole system.”
Last fall, the government announced a review of moose management in Ontario. Yesterday Minister Yakabuski announced the Big Game Management Advisory Committee (BGMAC), tasked with advising on improvements to how the province manages moose and other big game including deer, elk and black bear.
“We have heard from hunters that the current approach, specifically the moose tag draw system, is not working for hunters or ensuring sustainability,” said Yakabuski. “We’re acting on those concerns and delivering on our promise to make life easier for Ontario’s hunters, while ensuring sustainable populations and continued hunting opportunities.”
The committee consists of members with diverse knowledge and experience in moose management and quota review, moose hunting, tourist outfitter operations, and previous experience on wildlife advisory committees. The initial task of the committee will be to develop recommendations on moose management, with a focus on how quotas are developed, and how tags are allocated to hunters through the draw.
“Hunting is an important economic driver and a way of life in many rural and remote communities like Parry Sound-Muskoka,” said Miller. “It is important we continue to support an industry that creates jobs that many Ontarians depend on.”
The Committee will be hosting six listening sessions open to the public, including one in North Bay on May 23, 2019. For more information on this and other listening sessions in the province, visit Ontario.ca/moose.
“Over the next two years, our goal is to make moose hunting fairer, more accessible and simpler for hunters. Work is already underway to make immediate improvements to online resources so that we can better communicate with hunters,” said Yakabuski. “As the review unfolds, we will continue to listen and engage hunters and stakeholders to help us improve how tag quotas are developed and distributed.”