Moose population reduction program to start
Ingonish, Nova Scotia
November 5, 2015
Parks Canada advises the public that a moose population reduction program on North Mountain in Cape Breton Highlands National Park will begin November 9 and continue until December 18, 2015.
Guided by the Cape Breton Highlands National Park’s Hyperabundant Moose Management Plan for North Mountain, the program, which will be executed over three years, will focus on reducing the number of moose within a 20 km2 area of the park to allow for natural forest regeneration.
Within the targeted area, the moose population will be reduced by as many as 30-40 moose or 90 percent through a First Nations moose harvest. The harvest will be led by Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources with qualified Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq harvesters guiding the reduction program. To ensure safety, public access on North Mountain will be restricted during the harvest, except to allow through traffic along the Cabot Trail.
This program is part of Bring Back the Boreal, a four-year project to improve the health of the boreal forest within the national park. Other strategies include tree planting and a large exclosure at the Skyline Trail and a prescribed burn in the Warren Lake area. Bring Back the Boreal is in year two of implementation.
Parks Canada is committed to improving the health of Canada’s national parks and this is just one example of how the Agency will meet this important goal. As a world leader in natural area protection, Parks Canada has a proven track record in effective ecosystem management and has implemented similar wildlife reduction programs in other national parks to improve ecosystem health.
For further information on our forest at risk and protecting forest health, visit www.pc.gc.ca/BringBacktheBoreal.
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