Visitor Safety Information
The forests of Gros Morne National Park are failing, largely as a result of moose over-browsing. In an effort to restore forest health, a multi-year moose reduction program was initiated in 2011. Qualified hunters are once again assisting Parks Canada to reduce the unnaturally high moose populations in the national park in 2015-16.
Visitors planning to come to Gros Morne this fall and winter are encouraged to read the following safety information, and call Gros Morne National Park at (709) 458-2417 prior to your visit if you have any questions. Maps of the Moose Management Area, as well as of the hiking trails that are excluded from it, are available on this web site. Please pay particular attention to signage indicating areas where hunting is taking place once you arrive.
Know when the hunting season is: Visitors should take note that an active moose hunt will be underway in Gros Morne National Park from Sept. 12, 2015 to Feb. 7, 2016. Four zones have been identified within the larger Moose Management Area, each with a different start date (See map (PDF, 836 KB)). During this time, hunting can take place starting one half hour before sunrise until one half hour after sunset. Note that for the first month, the hunt occurs only in remote backcountry areas and no trails or park infrastructure is affected. Beginning after Thanksgiving weekend, October 13, 2015, some trails will be in the hunting area. Different trails will be impacted at different times. Please see this web page.
Find out the extent of the hunting area: Gros Morne’s Moose Management Area encompasses 1730 km2, or 95% of the park. It includes much of the national park’s lowland areas (See map (PDF, 836 KB)).
Be visible:It’s important to be easily seen in the woods. Therefore, avoid wearing blacks, browns, earth-toned greens and animal-coloured clothing. It is recommended that hunters and hikers alike wear a blaze-orange hat and jacket. Inexpensive vinyl orange vests are easy to come by in outdoors shops or department stores.