The province has banned moose hunting in more areas of west-central Manitoba to protect a declining population.
Effective immediately, moose hunting is closed to all hunters in the area north of Porcupine Mountain in the Red Deer Lake area of Game Hunting Area (GHA) 12.
A ban continues to be in place for all licensed hunting in this area. It was put in place last year. Moose hunting is now also closed to licensed hunters in GHA 19A, east of Duck Mountain.
The moose population in GHA 12 has been declining and the ban is necessary to help the population recover, the province said Friday. The animals will be closely monitored and hunting restrictions may be lifted if the population grows to an acceptable level.
Signs to notify hunters of the closure are posted around the boundary of each GHA. There is a temporary closure of all moose hunting in and around the Duck Mountain, Porcupine Mountain and the Swan-Pelican areas of west-central Manitoba. This closure includes hunting by treaty and Aboriginal rights holders in the following GHAs:
❚ 18, 18A, 18B, 18C (Duck Mountain area);
❚ 14, 14A (Swan-Pelican area); and
❚ 13, 13A (Porcupine Mountain area).
The government also said it will continue to manage the wolf population, since wolves are a significant moose predator.
The program includes:
❚ a $250 incentive to trappers on registered trap-lines in these areas who harvest a wolf between Oct. 14 to March 31, 2015, and provide tissue samples;
❚ wolf-trapping workshops in Duck Mountain, eastern Manitoba and The Pas; and
❚ aerial surveys to determine the wolf population and pack sizes.