Year three of the moose population reduction completed
Chéticamp, Nova Scotia
December 4, 2017
The moose population reduction activities on North Mountain in Cape Breton Highlands National Park which started November 7, 2017 concluded December 1, 2017.
The moose population reduction goals were achieved through a Mi'kmaw harvest in collaboration with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources and Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office. A total of 35 moose were harvested this year in a humane and respectful manner.
Area closures on North Mountain and Beulach Ban Falls Road, including Big Intervale Research Station, which were put in place to ensure public safety during harvest activities, have now been lifted.
On behalf of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, the Kwilmu'kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office is overseeing the distribution of meat to Mi’kmaw and non-Mi’kmaw communities, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre and any other areas of need across Nova Scotia. The hides and other materials will be used by Mi'kmaw elders to make clothing and other traditional items.
Parks Canada is committed to restoring forest health in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. 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 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
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Parks Canada Cape Breton Field Unit