© File photo
A moose makes its way along White's Road in Stephenville about one kilometre east of the Trans-Canada Highway in this June 2010 file photo.
The provincial government said today it is seeking input on the development of a five-year moose management plan for the island portion of the province.
A series of public consultation sessions will be held to discuss how moose are currently managed, to solicit feedback on future management decisions, and to understand how the public views the resource.
“We manage moose populations in the province to provide maximum benefits to all residents and maintain healthy and sustainable wildlife habitats, while also recognizing their importance from a cultural, social, recreational and economic standpoint,” said Terry French, Minister of Environment and Conservation.
“Through the consultations, we want to ensure the public has an opportunity to provide input for a five-year plan. We want to hear first-hand the various perceptions and opinions on moose management in the province and capture any factors that differentiate one region of the province from another, if indeed they do exist.”
Sessions will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the following locations:
St. John’s, Oct. 15, at the Sheraton Hotel; Clarenville, Oct. 16, at the Clarenville Inn; Marystown, Oct. 18 at the Marystown Hotel; L’Anse au Clair, Oct. 23 at the community centre; Plum Point, Oct. 24 at the Plum Point Motel; Corner Brook, Oct. 29 at Marble Mountain Resort; Grand Falls-Windsor, Oct. 30 at Mount Peyton Hotel; and Port aux Basques, Nov. 1, at Hotel Port aux Basques.
People interested in attending a session are asked to pre-register by calling toll-free at 1-855-637-2064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Input can also be provided by e-mail at email@example.com, or regular mail at:
Moose Management Plan
Department of Environment and Conservation - Wildlife Division
PO Box 2007
117 Riverside Drive
Corner Brook NL
Written submissions must be received no later than Nov. 8. A document outlining details of the public consultation sessions is available on the Department of Environment and Conservation’s website at www.gov.nl.ca/env/wildlife.
An online questionnaire will also be available on the website from Oct. 22 to Nov. 8.