Moose population reduction program set to open in Terra Nova and Gros Morne
Parks Canada announces plans for national parks
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.