East Central Bands Pondering Moose Hunting Ban

Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 15:06




The chief of the Cumberland House Cree Nation says a ban on moose hunting could be in order this season as local bands try to increase falling herd numbers.


Peter Laliberte explains a recent meeting with Saskatchewan Environment officials confirmed what some outdoorsmen have been saying for some time now: moose numbers are dropping at an abnormal rate.


Laliberte says that’s why a ban on moose hunting, perhaps as far down as Egg Lake and stretching over Manitoba’s Opaskawayak Cree Nation borders, may be in order.


Laliberte says he knows this type of move would have a significant impact on hunters, but notes there are lots of other species in the area — including elk and bear.


He adds the matter has to be addressed now for the benefit of generations to come.