BY DONNA BARNETT
THERE IS A GROWING MOVEMENT against Premier Horgan’s plan to cull moose cows and their calves all in the name of saving endangered caribou.
It’s quite a stretch, but Horgan’s idea is to starve out the wolves by killing off baby moose and their mothers. However, biologists, ranchers and a large number of First Nations all agree that wolves are highly adaptive predators that will simply go after other prey, including caribou.
The fact is moose populations are declining all across the province. Many First Nation communities put a great deal of effort into increasing moose populations so they can once again provide a good source of sustenance.
For many years, former guide Dan Simmons has been raising awareness about the issue through his Cow Moose Sign Project. The signs draw attention to need to increase moose populations by leaving cows and their calves alone.