temporarily closing all moose hunting in strategic areas north of Pine Falls and south of Bissett. The closure comes a year after licensed hunting was closed in Game Hunting Area (GHA) 26.
Moose populations have declined by almost 50 per cent in this part
of the province since 2006. This temporary closure is being put in place to ensure sustainable populations into the future.
in specific parts of GHA 26, which stretches from Lake Winnipeg to the
Manitoba-Ontario border between the Winnipeg and Wanipigow rivers including
Nopiming Provincial Park.
The closure also applies to treaty and Aboriginal rights-based
hunters. The department has consulted local First Nations and Métis people to
find solutions and will continue to work with Aboriginal communities and
stakeholders to develop long-term plans to address low moose populations across
Other measures taken to protect moose in this area include hunting
regulation revisions that increase white-tailed deer bag limits, which will help
reduce the transfer of fatal brainworm from deer to moose, as well as monitoring
programs to help understand how wolves and bears are influencing the moose
In March 2011, the province announced $800,000 for a moose
population recovery plan to help end the decline and restore the population to
sustainable levels in both areas of the province. This included funding
- wildlife surveys related to moose management such as moose and
wolf population surveys,
- incentives to local trappers to increase the harvest of
- decommissioning roads into areas of high moose density to help
limit vehicle access,
- additional staffing resources to implement the moose recovery
program and consult with First Nations and Métis people,
- resources for increased enforcement including three new natural
- The licensed moose hunting seasons were cancelled in the Duck
Mountain and GHA 26 in 2010. Conservation closures to hunting moose by all
people were implemented in the Duck Mountain and Porcupine Mountain areas of
western Manitoba in July 2011.
More information on the moose hunting closures, including maps of
the affected areas, can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/wildlife/.
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