Parry Sound, ON – The Ontario government is addressing concerns from hunters on how the province managed its moose population to ensure sustainability and hunting opportunities for future generations.
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry John Yakabuski released the government’s proposal to revise moose management in Ontario. The proposal is based on the recommendations of the Big Game Management Advisory Committee (BGMAC) which was announced in the spring. The report of the advisory committee is available at www.ontario.ca/moose-management-review.
“We are listening to moose hunters across the province, and our proposal is designed to work for the hunting community,” said Minister Yakabuski. “I encourage Ontario’s hunters to review the proposal and consider its implications on moose populations and future hunting opportunities. I would like to thank BGMAC and the committee’s Chair, John Kaplanis, for their dedication and insight on strengthening moose management in Ontario.”
The government’s proposal is now available on the Environmental Registry of Ontario at https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-0405?_ga=2.35330273.1319444227.1565621887-1200759076.1547073093 for public feedback. An additional proposal to address the committee’s recommendation regarding moose predation has also been posted for comment. Interested hunters, members of the public and organizations are invited to review the proposals on the Environmental Registry and provide their comments by September 26, 2019.
Hunting is an important part of the lives of many residents of Parry Sound-Muskoka and brings visitors to the area. Across Ontario Moose hunting contributes over $205 million a year to the economy.
The BGMAC committee includes members with diverse knowledge and experience in moose management and quota review, moose hunting, tourist outfitter operations, and experience on wildlife advisory committees. BGMAC hosted seven listening sessions in May and June, 2019. Over 600 interested hunters, members of the public and organizations attended these sessions to share their perspectives on how to develop a path forward. Over 2,000 individuals provided comments through an online survey.