July 15, 2015
Dear Moose Project Focus Group Participant,
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) appreciates the contributions of all those who participated in the first phase of Ontario’s Moose Project, a multi-year initiative exploring potential actions to address pressures influencing moose populations such as harvest, predation, parasites, changing climate and habitat. Phase 1 concluded with the implementation of hunting regulation changes that shorten the calf moose hunting season (beginning in fall 2015) and delay the start of the moose hunting season (beginning in fall 2016) across much of northern Ontario.
MNRF is initiating Phase 2 of the Moose Project, intended to set new moose population objectives and to develop possible management actions in the short and long term, to help address a number of factors affecting moose in Ontario. The ultimate goal of the Moose Project is to stabilize and grow Ontario’s moose population.
MNRF is not advancing any specific policy proposals at this time; rather we welcome further input to ensure the best available information is considered prior to consulting on specific actions. An information notice has been posted to the Environmental Registry to share information and invite written comments by August 14, 2015. For more information please visit ontario.ca/environmentalregistry (#012-4587). Additional updates and opportunities for further input on Moose Project continue to be provided at ontario.ca/moose.
During Phase 2 we remain committed to working together and gathering insights from stakeholders, Aboriginal peoples and the public. We look forward to working with you throughout the Moose Project and beyond in order to achieve our collective interest in ensuring moose remain healthy across their range in Ontario.
Chloe Stuart, Director
Species Conservation Policy Branch
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
300 Water Street, 5th Floor North
Peterborough, ON K9J 8M5