Moose population reduction area closures
Chéticamp, Nova Scotia
November 3, 2017
This year’s moose population reduction activities on North Mountain, within Cape Breton Highlands National Park, are scheduled to start as early as November 7, 2017. Harvest activities could last until December 17, 2017. In order to ensure public safety during the harvest period, Parks Canada will be closing the 20 km2 harvest area of North Mountain to everyone except those directly involved in the moose harvest.
Public access on North Mountain and Beulach Ban Falls Road, including Big Intervale Research Station, will be restricted effective November 6, 2017, except to allow through traffic along the Cabot Trail. Signage will be in place along the highway and notices will be posted indicating the restriction zone during the harvest.
Moose population reduction goals will be achieved through a Mi'kmaw harvest, in collaboration with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources and Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. 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 tree planting, monitoring, 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.
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Parks Canada Cape Breton Field Unit