Peace-Liard Moose Management Pan (PLMMP) – Raychl Lukie is the Project Manager of the PLMMP for FLNRO, but Chris Addison, Director of Resource Operations was at the club to do the presentation.
The PLMMP process started because there was a need to rethink moose management, which had been mostly lacking in recent times in the Peace-Liard. This fact, a request from Treaty 8 to talk about moose management, and the existence of a Wildlife Collaborative Management Agreement with several first nations got the process started. The initial process deliberately involved only government and First Nations with the exclusion of other stakeholders.
Chris Addison estimates that the annual moose harvest in the region is about 4000 and is split about equally between licensed hunters and First Nations. There is an estimate of 50,000 moose across the region, so a harvest of 4,000 is not seen as an issue. Most of the First Nations harvest occurs outside of the season set by the hunting regulations for licensed hunters. The tracking and reporting of First Nations harvest was brought up in the discussions, but there is no agreement to do that. We indicated that is was time for First Nations, Government and other stakeholders to be at the table at the same time. Chris Addison committed to approaching First Nations about that and suggested that an event at the club might be a good way to start things off.
The population target ratios for moose are 30 bulls/100 cows and 30 calves/100 cows.
First nations generally support predator management (especially wolves).
Main Components of the PLMMP
Determine and population objective for moose by game management zones
Habitat Management – there has been some maintenance and protection recently, but no focus on increasing suitable habitat. The goal is to also do the later.
Moose Health Assessment – monitoring for winter ticks, other diseases, or conditions that might be association with industrial activity.
Tracking moose movement and habitat use.
Tracking interactions with caribou and predators
Inventory, including investigating links to cumulative effects
A question was asked if there was sufficient funding and staffing at this time to make all this happen and the answer was NO.
A Large Crowd Hears the BCWF’s Jesse Zeman Speak on Provincial Fish and Wildlife Issues
A crowd of around 300 gun club members and interested public attended our public meeting on local issues including threatened access related to potential transfer of land titles to First Nations as part of a compensation package for Site C. Other issues that were discussed were lack of transparency in government, land disturbances in the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, and moose management. Jesse Zeman of the BC Wildlife Federation also provided a overview of fish and wildlife issues at the provincial level.
Pat Pimm, our local MLA from the North Peace was in attendance and fielded questions from the crowd and pledged that government was responding to the issues by guarantying access to the backcountry, being more transparent, and developing a provincial moose enhancement strategy. Pat indicated that he has had multiple meetings within government bringing forth our and his concerns. He also said that Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Rustad was working on a stakeholder consultation strategy that would be area based and everyone including ranchers would be involved.
Mike Bernier, Minister of Education, from Dawson Creek, Katrine Conroy, NDP MLA from Kooetany-West, and Karen Goodings and Brad Sperling from the Peace River Regional District were also in attendance.
Update: There is now a mobile app available for submitting surveys — read on.
The BC Wildlife Health Program is looking for help from wildlife professionals and the public with observations of hair loss caused by “Winter Ticks” on moose throughout the province. The Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program wants to collect observations to monitor the number of animals with hair loss and the amount of hair loss on each animal to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution. This program will occur on an annual basis. Winter ticks are a significant parasite for moose populations and can contribute to moose declines in parts of their range, including BC. So, it is an important health factor to monitor, particularly with climate change and alterations to moose habitat. The findings of the surveillance program will contribute to the Provincial Moose Research Program, which was initiated in 2013 to investigate factors influencing moose populations in BC. This is the second year of the program; last year we received 361 reports of moose from across the province.
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MIGHTY PEACE 3GUN LEAGUE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING MATCH DATES FOR 2016,
March 26, Grande Prairie AB.
April 23, Grande Prairie AB.
May 21, Grande Prairie AB.
May 28, Peace River AB.
June 18/19, Fort St. John BC
June 25, Dawson Creek BC
July 16, Fort St. John BC
July 30, Peace River AB.
August 13/14, Grande Prairie AB
Sept. 10, Grande Prairie AB
Oct. 1/2. Team Match, Peace River
ALSO ON Aug 20, THERE WILL BE A PISTOL MATCH IN GRANDE PRARIE
RULES, DIVISIONS AND SUCH ARE ALL LOCATED ON FACEBOOK PAGE UNDER FILES. JOIN THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFO AND UPDATES AS WELL AS DIVISION LEADERS AND SUCH, WE DO USE A POINT SYSTEM FOR “SEASON WINNERS” SO THE MORE MATCHES YOU ATTEND THE HIGHER THE RANKING.