Chéticamp, Nova Scotia
December 14, 2016

The moose population reduction activities on North Mountain, within Cape Breton Highlands National Park, which started November 8, 2016 were completed December 10, 2016.

Please note that area closures on North Mountain and Beulach Ban Falls Road, including Big Intervale Research Station, which were put in place to ensure public safety, have now been lifted.

The moose population reduction goals were achieved through a Mi'kmaq harvest, in collaboration with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources. A total of 50 moose were harvested this year. The harvest was performed in a humane and respectful manner. The harvested meat will help feed hungry families - both Mi'kmaq and non-Mi'kmaq - across Nova Scotia. While the meat feeds hungry families, the pelts go to Mi'kmaq elders to make clothing and other traditional items.

The moose population reduction is only one part of the larger Bring Back the Boreal project aimed at restoring forest health in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Other components of the project include prescribed burns, tree planting, and building fences to keep moose from browsing young trees. Parks Canada will continue to work with local communities and interest groups to share information about the Bring Back the Boreal project.

For more on this project, please visit Bring Back The Boreal

Information:

Darlene Doucet
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Parks Canada Cape Breton Field Unit
902-224-4230 
darlene.doucet@pc.gc.ca