WILLIAMS LAKE (May 26, 2020) – BC Liberal MLAs Donna Barnett and John Rustad are condemning John Horgan and the NDP for opening up the hunt for moose calves and their mothers in the province.
“At a time when moose populations are struggling, it makes little sense to put pressure on mother and their calves,” said Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Barnett and Opposition Critic for Rural Development. “I don’t know what’s gotten into the minds of the NDP and Premier Horgan. This is a step in the wrong direction and it has to stop immediately.”
A grassroots campaign called the Cow Moose Sign Project came together to raise awareness about the threat to moose populations by opening up the hunt to moose cows and calves. As many as 30 First Nation communities have signed on to the conservation project.
“I can’t emphasize how irresponsible it is to open up the hunt on moose calves and their mothers,” said Nechako Lakes MLA Rustad who, as former minister, fought to restore moose populations. “The record wildfire seasons throughout the province in 2017 and 2018 have significantly reduced moose habitat, making them far more susceptible to predators such as wolves.”
“The Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia has been a supporter of the Cow Moose Sign Project for many years because of the impact antlerless harvest has on a population,” said executive director Scott Ellis. “The GOABC is concerned about moose populations in many areas of our province. Normally antlerless tags are only issued when a population needs to be reduced. Since this is not the case, we would hope the increase in ‘Cow or Calf’ Limited Entry Hunting authorizations is an oversight that can be corrected before the fall hunting season”