Tbnewswatch Local News
Saturday July 4 2015
10:42 PM EDT
2014-04-17 at 16:37

Limited moose tags

MNR wildlife biologist Brad Allison said a decline in ithe moose population has led to a decision to reduce the number of moose tags issued this year.
Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
MNR wildlife biologist Brad Allison said a decline in ithe moose population has led to a decision to reduce the number of moose tags issued this year.
By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com

Northwestern Ontario moose hunters may be disappointed this year, as the Ministry of Natural Resources is drastically reducing the amount of moose tags issued by 22 per cent in the region and almost 90 per cent in both the Thunder Bay and Dryden Districts. 

The moose population across Ontario is down and based on their moose aerial inventory surveys conducted this past winter, the MNR has decided to cut the number of moose tags issued in Ontario from about 10,000 to 8,300 this year - a 17 per cent drop.

MNR wildlife biologist for the northwest region Brad Allison said there are several elements that could be causing the decline in population, including predation, harvest pressure, disease or parasites, thermal stress and also productivity - how many calves are born.

"All those factors can come into play in influencing shifts in moose population abundance," Allison said.

Moose populations always ebb and flow, Allison added, noting that in the early 1980s, the population in Ontario was around 80,000; about half of what they want the population to be at.

Presently, the moose population is about 105,000 in Ontario and 41,000 in Northwestern Ontario.

Story continues after video ...

The wildlife management units with the biggest declines in population in the region are WMU No. 8 in Dryden, which saw a 60 per cent drop, and WMU No. 13 in Thunder Bay; it saw a 13 per cent dip in moose.

The tag reduction isn't welcome news for the Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance, but executive director John Kaplanis said it highlights the need for a new conservation plan to turn the moose population around.

"The hunting community of Northwestern Ontario values moose hunting very greatly. It's a huge socio economic boon to the region," he said.

"To see the population turn downward the way it has, we understand something has to be done quickly and the short-term fix unfortunately is a reduction in moose tags."

Kaplanis said the MNR needs to re-examine its management policy and the NOSA is willing to work with the ministry to develop a strategy.



Click here to submit a letter to the editor.

Click here to report a typo or error



We've improved our comment system.
beardoggins says:
Lets see 55 bull and 70 cow tags this year vs 740 bull and 375 cow tags last year in WMU 13 but there was a 13% drop in population. It looks like a 90% decrease in tags. I wonder the logic behind this decision.
4/21/2014 1:37:34 PM
Alexa says:
if the moose population is declining and it is a concern then the best and only solution should be to end the sport, re-assess in a few years...........hunting moose is a sport. If someone is hunting and depending on the meat to feed their family then they can hunt deer instead. The only reason the hunting of moose is not simply cancelled is because of $$.
4/20/2014 9:28:07 AM
ranma says:
The big thing I am surprised to not see in this article is the fact that moose in Minnesota are dying due to brain worm. It's a serious problem, and it is being brought on due to climate change.




Why is nobody in Ontario mentioning this? We pride ourselves on knowing what's going on with our wildlife, but it's pretty obvious by the comments on here, and the MNR's lack of mention of it, that the majority of people are ignorant.
4/20/2014 2:41:51 AM
ou812 says:
So hunt deer, there's plenty of those around.
4/19/2014 11:15:23 PM
Magrat says:
I am no biologist, but humans have more high tech gps systems where moose habitat and you have large hunting parties and a 3 month hunting season until the snow covers the ground where they are easily tracked. You do the math moose don't have a chance and not to mention the ATVS are more advanced. i would love too bring my children too see moose in the willd instead of dead and over killed in the back of trucks trailers in the fall. sad!
4/19/2014 7:07:44 PM
grs says:
So when you're driving with your children and you see a cattle truck crammed with cattle you can explain to them that the moo-moos are going to a feedlot where they'll be also crammed together to wait to go to the slaughter house.

Then you can visit a slaughter house with your children, where hundreds of cows are killed daily. Maybe even get to show them the kill floor. And show them the meat packaging line where food colouring is often added. Absolutely don't miss showing them the rendering plant. The smell is to die for...

And finally you can cap it off with a trip to the meat department of Safeway to pick up some freshly coloured ground beef for hamburgers.

Or you can skip the first few and just bring your children to Safeway to buy meat for dinner and 'tsk-tsk' to them when you see a hunter with a moose in the back of her truck.
4/22/2014 12:19:32 PM
livewire says:
What about our American Friends? Where does that leave them??
4/19/2014 4:52:46 PM
flyboy8035 says:
The one huge issue the MNR has not stated that has a huge impact on the moose population in the mighty Caribou management plan. Save the caribou at the expense of all other animals. That management plan has the MNR going back to massive clear cutting, then after two years of growth, spraying everything, killing the habitat for every creature that relies on the growth of a new cut. So now the moose don't have any new winter feeding areas and therefore no moose. It's not a puzzle, it's a plan!!
Then throw in the over population of bears and wolves!! It's not rocket science, you can't have a hi predator population and a hi game population!!
4/18/2014 6:54:07 PM
taekat says:
According to a friend this is about 10 years too late - tags should have been reduced at a more reasonable rate over the last 10 years. Whether it was the bears or the wolves is not important right now - it's that the population is down in WMU13 - especially the calf population. My problem is the 88% reduction being a huge hit to the local businesses that rely on the moose hunt in WMU 13.
4/18/2014 6:17:35 PM
barry medawin says:
hunting for sport is the porblem!! it should be banned right away!
4/18/2014 4:39:40 PM
S Duncan says:
Hunting for pure sport is illegal. Allowing meat to spoil is against the law.

All hunters respect their prey and are the best conservationists we have.

4/19/2014 2:58:21 PM
ou812 says:
ALL hunters eh? I can show you some pretty sad pictures of about 6 spoiled bear carcasses I found years ago.
4/19/2014 11:52:17 PM
S Duncan says:
Hunters didnt do that. Criminals did.

Which should tell you banning things doesnt do anything except make life for law abiding people exceedingly difficult.

you cannot ban anything to control human behaviour.

you and barry will need a new angle to pursue if you wish to change human behaviour.
4/20/2014 12:54:27 PM
Smitty says:
Sounds good to me, I hunt for meat for my family. I'd still be good.
Hunters and fisherman supply tens of thousands of dollars every year to the local economy. These outdoorsman purchase bait, fuel, gear, licences and other items. Head into any of our local sporting goods stores and tell them that you're going to outlaw hunting and fishing and now they're all out of a job. Imagine the response.
4/19/2014 4:27:32 PM
Magrat says:
the hunting season last year was too early with the warm fall every person I know got a moose as they were responding to calls. The only reason the moose population is dwindling is because of over hunting and poor moose management by mnr. If it is a warm fall delay the hunt until the moose are done rutting. Who. Cares about the guys from southern Ontario that come up here with 30 guys and slaughter our moose!
4/18/2014 10:31:53 AM
mystified says:
The whole problem is man thinks he can manage anything and everything. Nature took care of itself until someone seen a cash grab and enacted a law.
To many bears eating to many calves is one reason in the decline.
4/18/2014 9:37:14 AM
Jrmh says:
I too think your numbers are skewed. CBC news as well as TBT news reported 88% fewer tags...which correlates with the numbers provided by MNR. I think we need more definitive numbers with respect to this!
4/18/2014 1:02:22 AM
woofwoof says:
If there is a decline in the moose population, maybe have one season of no hunting for anyone. No exceptions. I think that will help boost the population. It won't hurt the hunters to take a year off moose hunting.
4/17/2014 11:48:24 PM
S Duncan says:
time to start baggin bears a little harder.

Some dude in an office in Toronto has little understanding of things around here.
4/17/2014 11:29:55 PM
ou812 says:
Actually he probably has more knowledge of bears than 99% of the people in NWO s duncan.. including you

4/19/2014 11:44:50 PM
tsb says:
They should just issue hundreds of moose tags and let people kill as many as they want until there are none left. Then, we won't have to worry about moose populations at all!!

I wonder how the ecosystem managed itself before humans, anyway...
4/17/2014 8:13:27 PM
joks says:
I think your numbers are a little off. Last year in WMU 13 there were 1115 adult tags available. This year they are down to 125 adult tags.
4/17/2014 6:46:49 PM
moonpie says:
Well this is odd information, Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen Alliance executive director John Kaplanis claims that bear, moose, deer etc are thriving to the point of being overly abundant. Go figure another of his cracker-jack "statistics" is wrong.
4/17/2014 6:18:28 PM
Shane Caker says:
I'd like to see where Kaplanis' stats come from. Did he do a survey too? What were his results? No matter what the MNR proposes, his group are immidiately against it. It seems that they want to kill come he** or high water. I'm an outdoors guy too, but I have to give the benefit of the doubt to the MNR on this one.
4/18/2014 12:26:16 AM
ring of fire dude says:
Are you giving the benefit of the doubt to the MNR on the reduction of walleye limits also there outdoor guy ? Whats your opinion of that ?
4/18/2014 2:57:35 PM
ou812 says:
I'll take this one... YES i would give the MNR the benefit of the doubt. Why anyone needs more than 4 fish in their possession baffles me! It is ridiculous. The MNR wouldn't have to constantly reduce limits, sizes, and seasons if it wasn't for the ignorant, redneck, gluttons that have raped our lakes and rivers over the years. And the "I have to feed my family" BS doesn't cut it. Boats, gas, tackle, rods, bait, rifles, food, bullets, costs quite a bit more than a trip to the meat department at Safeway.
4/19/2014 11:28:52 PM
ring of fire dude says:
The MNR can spin this any way they like , anybody who knows the bush can attest that the over- population of bears are killing the calf moose . Nothing else . It's a crime how the enviro-mentals can basically blackmail a government into canceling the bear hunt by threatening that the vote would go to another party that supports the cancellation , those same enviro-mentals who live in the GTA and have never stepped in a forest outside of Algonquin Park .
4/17/2014 5:05:06 PM
ou812 says:
so what if the bears are killing the moose??? Are bears not allowed to eat? shake your head. I'm sick and tired of people that feel entitled to anything and everything that nature has to offer.
4/19/2014 11:12:21 PM
noront says:
This is total bull. The MNR has been trying to reduce the number of moose in order to help the caribou for years. Even though the total number of tags has been decreased, most of that is in a couple areas. If you take a closer look and at different WMU's you will see that the bull tags are down slightly, and cow tags have increased. SO if the moose numbers are down, which they are, why on earth would they give out more cow tags, unless they are trying to reduce the numbers further. I've never seen a bull have calves to bring the population back up.
4/17/2014 4:48:30 PM
Comments for this story are semi-moderated. Read our comment guideline.

Add a new comment.
You must log in to add comments.
Create a new account
Log In