Letter to the editor: Moose population decline 50-70 per cent?

A letter discussing the management of moose populations in the province.

Editor:

After 25 years as a guide and outfitter (1984-2011) part in management units 5/15 and 7/06, I believe poor management practice are the real cause of decline.

The practice of allowing hunters to kill cow and calf moose must immediately end.

In the Omenica/Peace Region 7a – surrounds Prince George and 7b north of the province B.C. Cariboo Region east of Quesnel.

Analyses of the 2012 Limited Entry Hunting Regulation reveals the following:

• No moose season in Region 1 and 2 (Lower Mainland);

• 92 cow or calf permits in Region 3 (Kamloops);

• 10 cow or calf permits in Region 4 (Kootenay);

• 67 cow or calf permits in Region 5 (Cariboo) east of Quesnel;

• Zero permits in Region 6 (Skeena);

• 1,035 cow or calf permits in Region 7a surrounding Prince George (Omineca Peace);

• 355 cow or calf permits in region 7b (Omenica Peace) north of the province of B.C.

These numbers show that of the 1,559 cow or calf authorization, there is also an open season for moose calf, 16 days (only need a moose tag Oct 10-25) (Management 7a-b Omenica Peace).

Why are 90 per cent of the moose cow and calf authorizations only concentrated surrounding Prince George and east of Quesnel?

Why is there no open season on moose calves in other regions?

Peter Grundmann

Quesnel

 

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