The B.C. Government has increased limited entry hunt (LEH) authorizations of cow/calf moose by 43 animals this year in a strategic attempt to reduce predators, mainly wolves, in mountain caribou recovery areas near Revelstoke and Prince George. (wikipedia commons)

NStQ joins growing opposition in B.C. antlerless moose hunt

Increase in tags not supported by numerous First Nations

Four First Nations in B.C.’s central Interior are the latest to publicly express their opposition to this year’s increased antlerless moose hunt.

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) which includes the communities of Xat’sull Cmetem’ (Soda Creek/Deep Creek), Stswecem’c Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek/Dog Creek), T’exelc (Williams Lake) and Tsq’escen’ (Canim Lake) said in a media release issued Aug. 24 they do not support the increase in tags.

Read More: B.C. wolf kill continuing into 2021 to protect caribou herds

“Some of our communities have made the difficult decision to restrict our own citizen’s rights to hunt by placing bans on the cow moose hunt and any additions to the antlerless moose (LEH) will put us in conflict and make it more difficult to uphold our own policies,”said Stswecem’c Xgat’tem Chief Patrick Harry, noting the increase goes against their Secwepemc values and ongoing efforts of their nations.

The B.C. Government has increased limited entry hunt (LEH) authorizations of cow/calf moose by 43 animals this year in a strategic attempt to reduce predators, mainly wolves, in mountain caribou recovery areas.

“The plan is based on good science; stabilizing rising moose populations means less wolves, which is better for the caribou,” said a spokesperson with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said in a previous statement to Black Press Media.

“The science on which this plan is based has not changed since it was introduced prior to this government. What has changed is that the vast majority of the cow/calf moose hunts are now happening in the caribou recovery zones.”

Like the Esk’etemc First Nation south of Williams Lake, the NStQ — who have been actively involved in moose management projects in the region for many years— said they were shocked by the lack of consultation involved in the decision-making process.

Read More: Esk’etemc First Nation speaks out on B.C’s increased antlerless moose hunt

“Previous responses from the province such as ‘we are monitoring the population numbers’ are no longer acceptable,” said Northern Shuswap Tribal Council natural resources manager, Kate Hewitt.

“The people of the NStQ expect an explanation as to why the moose tags are increasing when the NStQ have continuously reported that less than half of our community members are able to fulfill their subsistence and traditional needs based on the hunter harvest surveys regularly completed within our unceded territory.”

Annual aerial moose surveys which the NStQ said they have participated in found moose population numbers in the Cariboo region having dropped from 8,075 to 6,300 between 1999 and 2019 —- a 22 percent decrease within a 20-year span.

Read More: B.C. government eyes antlerless moose harvest increase in bid to save caribou

Of the 400 cow/calf LEH authorizations approved, 322 are within caribou recovery areas including Revelstoke and Parsnip —north of Prince George.


Do you have a comment about this story? email:
rebecca.dyok@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

First NationsHunting and Fishing

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

Just Posted

BC Supreme Court hears how Williams Lake arrest leads to addict’s recovery

“I would also like to apologize for any harm I may have done”

BC VOTES 2020: Provincial election will have familiar duo battling in Cariboo North

The two candidates who received the most votes in 2017 will both be running in Cariboo North again

Nine new COVID-19 cases announced in Interior Health region

The total number of cases since the pandemic started is now at 531 for the region

Second positive COVID-19 test reported at Quesnel Junior School

The exposure dates for this case are Sept. 15-18

Open burning prohibitions to be rescinded Sept. 30

The following activities will be allowed throughout the CFC’s jurisdiction:

Weekend sees 267 cases, 3 deaths in B.C.; Dr. Henry says events leading to COVID spread

There are currently 1,302 active cases in B.C., while 3,372 people are under public health monitoring

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay blanks Dallas 2-0 to win Stanley Cup

Hedman wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP

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

Liberals seek to fast track new COVID-19 aid bill after CERB expires

Government secured NDP support for legislation by hiking amount of benefits by $100 to $500 per week

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. VOTES 2020: Echoes of HST in B.C. debate over sales tax

Cannabis, tobacco, luxury cars still taxed in B.C. Liberal plan

She warned her son about toxic drugs, then he was dead

Donna Bridgman’s son died at the age of 38 in Vancouver

B.C. food and beverage producers set record sales in 2019

Farmed salmon again leads international exports

Most Read