Moose pop­u­la­tion re­duc­tion pro­gram set to open in Terra Nova and Gros Morne

Parks Canada an­nounces plans for na­tional parks

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE -

TERRA NOVA AND GROS MORNE NA­TIONAL PARKS, N.L. — The moose pop­u­la­tion re­duc­tion pro­gram in Terra Nova Na­tional Park has be­gun.

In a press re­lease is­sued by Parks Canada last week, they an­nounced the sea­son opened in Terra Nova on Sept. 9, and will close on Jan. 28, 2018.

In Gros Morne Na­tional Park, the sea­son will open on Sept. 23, and close on Feb. 4, 2018. Both parks have es­tab­lished dif­fer­ent hunt­ing zones within park bound­aries with posted open­ing dates for each zone.

The parks’ moose pop­u­la­tion is man­aged in co-op­er­a­tion with the Wildlife Di­vi­sion of the Govern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador, us­ing the pro­vin­cial big-game li­cens­ing sys­tem. The man­age­ment pro­gram be­gan in 2011 as part of a broader ini­tia­tive to im­prove for­est health where moose over-brows­ing has se­verely in­ter­rupted the cy­cle of for­est re­gen­er­a­tion.

Parks Canada says vis­i­tor safety is a pri­or­ity. In­di­vid­u­als plan­ning to visit the na­tional parks this fall and win­ter are en­cour­aged to re­view maps and safety in­for­ma­tion at: www.pc.gc.ca/foresthealth.

Dur­ing the moose pop­u­la­tion re­duc­tion pe­riod, some hik­ing trails will be af­fected in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the parks. Visi­tors should pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to sig­nage in­di­cat­ing ar­eas where hunt­ing is tak­ing place.

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