Year One of Moose Population Reduction Complete

Ingonish, Nova Scotia
December 15, 2015

Parks Canada and Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources have completed this year's moose population reduction program on North Mountain in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This program is part of the larger Hyperabundant Moose Management Plan, which will see Parks Canada initiate several approaches to reverse the trend of forest loss and begin to restore balance to the boreal forest. Parks Canada is currently in year two of a four-year pilot project to reverse the trend of forest loss in Cape Breton Highlands National Park and we will continue our work to bring back the boreal forest.

The moose harvest achieved its goal of a 90% reduction of moose within this small area for this year—which is less than 2% of the park. A total of 37 moose were harvested over 13 days, ending on December 14, 2015.

This year's harvest will help inform Parks Canada’s on-going efforts to restore the health of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The current moose population in Cape Breton Highlands National Park is unsustainable. This conclusion was reached after 15 years of scientific study and a more recent investigation in 2015 that estimated the density of moose is 1.9 moose/km2. A healthy, balanced forest typically supports 0.5 moose/km2. If the conditions remain the same, the ecosystem will not be sustainable for current and future generations. This is why Parks Canada is taking concrete actions to help restore and maintain forest health in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Parks Canada looks forward to future collaboration with Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources, the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia, local community members and stakeholders on the moose population reduction program on North Mountain and the larger Hyperabundant Moose Management Plan for the park.

For more information related to the Bring Back the Boreal project, visit: pc.gc.ca/bringbacktheboreal.

Information

Coady Slaunwhite
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Cape Breton
Parks Canada
902-217-0861
coady.slaunwhite@pc.gc.ca