Moose Population Reduction
Your MMA 2E licence is valid in all zones: Zone 1 (Sept. 12, 2015 to Feb. 7, 2016) Zone 2 (Oct. 13, 2015 to Feb. 7, 2016) Zone 3 (Nov. 7, 2015 to Feb. 7, 2016) Zone 4 No Hunting
Parks Canada is seeking the help of qualified harvesters to participate in an ecosystem management program to reduce unnaturally high moose populations in Gros Morne National Park. The purpose of the program is to allow the park’s forest to recover from the effects of moose overbrowsing.
For 2015-16, 950 licences are available in Gros Morne National Park as well as additional not-for-profit licences. Licences for Gros Morne National Park will be issued through the existing provincial draw system. If you are interested in helping Parks Canada with the moose reduction program, please fill out your application for the provincial moose licence as normal, indicating your preference for Moose Management Area 2E (Gros Morne National Park). If you are successful in the draw for this area, along with your provincial licence and tags, you will receive a separate package containing your Superintendent’s permit from Parks Canada together with an area map and additional information. For the purpose of the licensing draw and pool status, this MMA will be treated the same as all others and standard provincial licensing fees will apply.
Before applying for a national park licence, please note that there are differences between provincial hunting regulations and what is permissible under this ecosystem management program in the national park. For example:
- Harvesters must possess a Parks Canada Superintendent’s permit in addition to their provincial big game licence, tags, and outdoor identification card.
- Moose is the only species permitted for harvesting. Licences for other species are not valid in national parks.
- Firearms must be cased or securely wrapped and tied in areas outside the MMA as well as in areas closed to hunting (such as campground areas) within the MMA. Harvesters are urged to refer to the detailed map of the MMA, which they will receive with their Superintendent’s permit, or contact national park staff for clarification on open and closed areas within the MMA. (See “Contact Us.”
- Open fires and tree cutting are prohibited.
- Failure to comply with regulations may result in charges under the Canada National Parks Act.
What’s new for 2015–16?
- Parks Canada is seeking volunteer hunters to assist with moose population reduction in targeted remote areas of Gros Morne National Park. These areas have been pre-selected because of their relative inaccessibility for ground-based hunters and their high moose densities. Participating hunters will be flown by helicopter to a predetermined remote area of the park, dropped for the day to hunt, and then picked up at the end of the day. If successful, their moose carcass will be flown out to a road-accessible location for them to process. To participate, you must have a valid MMA 2E moose licence and tags as well as your superintendent’s permit. There is no cost to hunters participating in this program. Volunteers for Back-country Hunting Info (PDF) 220mb
- There is a single MMA for Gros Morne National Park that will be divided into four zones. Your Gros Morne MMA licence and tags are valid in all zones:
- Zone 1 (September 12, 2015 to February 7, 2016). This zone includes backcountry area only that is greater than 2 km from park highways. There is no road access in Zone 1. This area is accessible by boat or aircraft.
- Zone 2 (October 13, 2015 to February 7, 2016). This zone includes the majority of the remainder of the national park and is accessible by road, boat, or aircraft.
- Zone 3 (November 7, 2015 to February 7, 2016).): This zone includes areas that are adjacent to major park trails and that surround Killdevil Camp, which is used by school groups until late fall.
- Zone 4 (NO HUNTING). This zone includes a number of areas adjacent to park trails and infrastructure that are closed to hunting.
Important Information for Harvesters in Gros Morne National Park
- All-terrain vehicle (ATV) use, including for carcass retrieval, is strictly prohibited.
- There are few access roads within the national park. Public highways, community roads, and boat-accessible coastline generally provide motorized access only to the margins of the MMA.
- Snowmobile use for moose harvesting in Gros Morne National Park will be permitted. Certain restrictions apply; some areas of the park are closed to all snowmobiling for example, and snowmobiling can only occur when there is adequate snow cover.
- Harvesters may use motorized/non-motorized boats to access the MMA in accordance with National Park regulations.
- Access to the backcountry by float plane or helicopter will be permitted as part of the Parks Canada Superintendent’s permit.