Moose Population Reduction

Map of Gros Morne National Park showing Moose Managment Area and nearby communities.
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Do you have more questions? See the FAQ for harvesters.

Parks Canada is seeking the help of qualified harvesters to participate in a pilot ecosystem management program to reduce unnaturally high moose populations in Terra Nova and Gros Morne national parks. The purpose of the program is to allow the forests in these national parks to recover from the effects of moose overbrowsing.

For 2013–14, Moose Management Areas (MMAs) have been established in both Terra Nova and Gros Morne and individual harvesters will be permitted to harvest a moose in those areas. Sixty (60) licences will be made available in Terra Nova and 1,000 in Gros Morne National Park. In addition, Terra Nova will make five (5) licences available to registered not-for-profit organizations.

Licences for both national parks 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 either of the MMAs identified in the national parks. If you are successful in the draw for one of these areas, along with your provincial licence and tags, you will receive a map of the area, a formal boundary description, and a Superintendent’s permit from Parks Canada authorizing the harvesting of a moose in Terra Nova or Gros Morne National Park. For the purpose of the licensing draw and pool status, these MMAs 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 a national park. For example:

  • Harvesters must be in possession of a Parks Canada Superintendent’s permit. They must also carry their provincial big game licence, tags, and outdoor identification card—all of which are required under provincial regulations.
  • 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 MMAs as well as areas closed to hunting within the MMAs.
  • 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 2013–14?

  • There is a single MMA for Gros Morne National Park and the area open to harvesting has been expanded to include the majority of the park.
  • The MMA will be divided into three zones:
    • Zone 1 (September 14, 2013 to February 2, 2014). This zone includes only remote backcountry area accessible by boat or aircraft. There is no road access in Zone 1.
    • Zone 2 (October 15, 2013 to February 2, 2014). This zone includes the majority of the remainder of the park and is accessible by road, boat or aircraft.
    • Zone 3 (November 2, 2013 to February 2, 2014). This is a small zone surrounding the Killdevil school camp and remains closed until after the end of camp activities.
  • Access to the backcountry by float plane or helicopter will be permitted as part of the Parks Canada Superintendent’s permit.

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 park regulations.