Chief Joe Alphonse

Chief Joe Alphonse

Agreement reached on moose management

Additional moose management measures for Tl’etinqox-t’in Territory in the Chilcotin are about the preservation of moose ...

Additional moose management measures for Tl’etinqox-t’in Territory in the Chilcotin are about the preservation of moose first and foremost, says Tl’etinqox’t’in (Anaham) Chief Joe Alphonse.

“We need to see moose 150 years from now. It’s not just about non-Native hunters. Our plan of attack also includes all the initiatives we are taking internally within our communities in reaching our goals.”

On Thursday, the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations issued a press release saying the B.C. Government and Tl’etinqox’tin Government Office have agreed to implement a joint resource stewardship plan to recover the moose population in the Anaham Range, and mitigate causes for their recent decline.

Moose inventories in the last two years have shown a considerable decrease in moose population in the Cariboo Chilcotin, ranging from a 17 per cent decline in some areas, to a 60-per cent decline in others.

Alphonse says if nothing’s done to mitigate the problem there will not be any moose in the future.

“We have to make sacrifices for the future,” he suggests.

One of the measures will see the ministry and First Nations jointly engage in hunter harvest monitoring, and management of predators and feral horses.

Managing feral horses will be difficult, yet important, because wild horses compete for the same habitat as moose, Alphonse explains.

“We have to go out there and control the overall population to make sure there isn’t an abundance of wild horses. Everything has to be in balance. When one resource is affecting another, things are out of whack. That’s what we’re seeing right now.”

In working out a stewardship plan, Alphonse had anticipated collaborating with government and industry, however he had not expected the BC Wildlife Federation to also come to the table.

The issues became more complicated and layered than originally anticipated because there were many different levels of people to come to the table to talk about what measures need to be taken, Alphonse says.

“Through it all I think we’re going to be able to develop a long-term relationship with one another. It was very encouraging,” Alphonse said of the process.

Alphonse hopes the public will appreciate and understand the measures.

“We had five years of meetings where we hadn’t gotten anywhere before with getting our issues addressed. I think we have now, and we will continue to be involved with the process to ensure wildlife populations come back to respected levels,” he says.

Rodger Stewart, manager of the Ministry of Forests, Lands And Natural Resource Operations for the Cariboo Chilcotin says reaching an agreement was both a relief to all involved, and a reflection of what needs to happen moving forward.

“We’ve got a variety of stewardship initiatives, and I know that Chief Joe reached out to us for some help. We need his help as well to be able to do recovery of the moose population. With those kinds of joint objectives, which combine with the objectives of the wildlife federation and the forest sector, there was solid grounds for us to come together on an agreement.”

West Fraser, Tolko and BC Timber Sales all have assisted in the discussions and looked at the need to manage active road densities in the area and taken some measures to assist with the agreement.

Road deactivation will take place in some areas, and foresters have worked with the Tlet’inqox to identify roads that are of a concern and are adjacent to sensitive habitats, Stewart says.

“It ties in with the broad stewardship responsibility we all have. We know that higher density of resource roads can have negative impacts creating cumulative effects for things like wildlife. If we can take a concerted strategic and tactical approach to managing access, we can implement the right state of environment to help recover and sustain wildlife populations.”

The ministry has looked outside of government for expert assistance to evaluate the moose population and evaluate what factors are having an impact.

Stewart says the results of that study should be available late February or early March 2013.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

School District 27 (SD27) issued notice Thursday, Feb. 25 of a COVID-19 exposure at Mountview Elementary School. (Angie Mindus photo)
School district reports positive COVID-19 case in Williams Lake elementary school

A letter went home to families of Mountview Elementary School

The City of Williams Lake is asking for public feedback on whether it should explore the opportunity to host a Greater Metro Hockey League team in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
City of Williams Lake seeks feedback on hosting junior hockey league team

A league expansion application in Quesnel is also pending

A rainbow shining on Kelowna General Hospital on May 12, 2020 International Nurses Day. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
New COVID cases trending down in Interior Health

24 new cases reported Thursday, Feb. 25, death at Kelowna General Hospital

LADDER USED IN FIRE FIGHT: While smoke billows out of the second floor of the Maple Leaf Hotel, members of the Williams Lake Volunteer Fire Department fight to contain the blaze. The department was called out Tuesday morning to battle the blaze that wreaked havoc on the interior of the 57-year-old hotel. One man, Harold Hurst of Riske Creek, died in the fire. (Ernest Engemoen photo - Williams Lake Tribune, April 12, 1977)
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Ladder used in fire fight

The department was called out Tuesday morning to battle the blaze

Provincial funding in the amount of $300,000 has been announced for the Cariboo Regional District’s plans to improve the Anahim Lake Airport runway. (CRD photo)
$300,000 provincial funding to fuel Anahim Lake Airport runway upgrade

The recovery grant is one of 38 announced to support jobs in rural communities

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

The missing camper heard a GSAR helicopter, and ran from his tree well waving his arms. File photo
Man trapped on Manning mountain did nearly everything right to survive: SAR

The winter experienced camper was overwhelmed by snow conditions

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
Coroner confirms ‘puddle jumping’ in 2020 drowning deaths of 3 B.C. men

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen pulled into raging river driving through nearby flooding

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Ashley Paxman, 29, is in the ICU after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 Feb. 18, 2021. She remains in critical condition. (GoFundMe)
Okanagan woman in ICU with broken bones in face after being struck by car

She remains in serious condition following Feb. 18 incident

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival kicks off March 5.
Women in Film Festival features two B.C. filmmakers

The 16th annual festival kicks off March 5, 2021

Most Read