The Cow Moose Project expands its reach to the Horsefly area last week with a downtown sign urging the conservation of cow moose. Those on hand to support the effort included Al Bush

The Cow Moose Project expands its reach to the Horsefly area last week with a downtown sign urging the conservation of cow moose. Those on hand to support the effort included Al Bush

Horsefly supports moose project

Supporters of a campaign to protect cow moose were thrilled to see an information billboard set up in Horsefly last week.

Supporters of a campaign to protect cow moose were thrilled to see an information billboard set up in Horsefly last week.

Representatives from the Horsefly Community Club, Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association, Eureka Peak Lodge and Outfitters, Chilcotin Guns and residents of Horsefly were on hand Wednesday to see the four-foot-by-eight-foot sign put up in downtown Horsefly Wednesday depicting a cow moose with two calves.

The sign is the latest effort in a grassroots campaign called the Cow Moose Project spearheaded by Williams Lake resident Dan Simmons.

Simmons said he is thrilled to see the growing support for the project, which urges the public to respect and conserve the cow moose population.

The moose population in Region 5 and other areas around the province has been in decline in recent years.

Next up for Simmons is a letter writing campaign to request the government remove four cow or calf moose limited entry hunts from the 2015 hunting synopsis for the area.

“We need to be setting an example,” Simmons said.

The project has received financial support from several private citizens and businesses in the area.

A second larger billboard was also put up recently at Marshall’s 150 Mile Store along Highway 97, where Pioneer Log Homes donated a large structure for the billboard and Tell Tale Signs donated the installation.