The current population of moose in Cape Breton is derived from eighteen Northwestern Moose that were moved to Cape Breton Highlands National Park from Island National Park, Alberta in 1947/48. (The Eastern Moose went locally extinct in Cape Breton in the 1800s.)
There have been two major issues concerning the CB moose in recent years:
- an overabundance of moose in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park “where the burgeoning moose population has taken a toll on the area’s forests…Moose in Cape Breton have destroyed about 11 per cent of the forest due to the species’ vigorous feeding on young coniferous trees.” (CBC Aug 28, 2017);
- illegal hunting of moose on Hunter’s Mountain in Cape Breton under the guise of non-licensed but permitted hunting by Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq (view CBC Sep 15, 2017).
Some related web pages and news items
Bring Back the Boreal
Section on the Cape Breton Highlands National Park website.
Protecting Nova Scotia’s true boreal forest
Post on NSFN, Jan 11, 2017
Tiam Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge: Moose in Unama’ki
Written by Nadine Lefort with Clifford Paul, Ernest Johnson, and Charlie Dennis
Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources 2014
Mi’kmaw Traditional Hunt: Why it’s Different from a Cull
Chief Rod Googoo December 1, 2015
Meat from Cape Breton moose cull used to fight poverty in First Nations
Jim Weeks, CBC Dec 8, 2017
Annual moose conference draws scientists from around Canada and U.S.
Hal Higgins, CBC News Aug 28, 2017
Mi’kmaq take control of moose harvest on Hunter’s Mountain
Tom Ayers in the Chronicle Herald, Aug 31, 2017
Albino moose killing in Cape Breton outrages Mi’kmaq
CBC News, Oct 7, 2013
Moose in the News in Nova Scotia
Post on NSFN Sep 1, 2017