Mountain pine beetle, salvage logging and overhunting spell trouble for B.C. moose

Salvage logging in mountain pine beetle-ravaged forest is responsible for a drop in moose numbers in the Cariboo region of B.C. because it opened up areas to more hunting, says a report recently acquired by the Vancouver Sun through an access to information request.

According to a story in the Sun, “vast clearcuts left moose exposed on the landscape — to human and wild predators — and a proliferation of logging roads made it easier for hunters on motorized vehicles to get at them.”

While the report points the finger at all hunters, it singles out First Nations hunters, who are not obliged to report their kills. Therefore, it’s harder for wildlife managers to get a clear picture how many moose are being harvested.

The report concluded that an “unsustainable portion of mortality must come from either unregulated hunting or natural sources.”

The Cariboo region extends approximately from Clinton north to Quesnel and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park east to the Cariboo Mountains.

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.