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First Nations groups initiate moose hunting ban – Prince George Citizen

by ahnationtalk on September 6, 2018206 Views

September 5, 2018

Ten Aboriginal communities of the area are asking hunters to refrain from setting their sights on moose south of Prince George this fall.

A consortium of First Nations is urging hunters to use their conservation brains not their trigger fingers on a temporary basis until population numbers recover.

The Tsilhqot’in Nation and Southern Dkelh Nation Alliance (SDNA) announced on Wednesday that they were blocking all limited-entry hunts from a plot of land extending along a northern apex touching from Prince George to Vanderhoof, a western wing extending almost to Bella Coola, an eastern wing extending to McBride and Valemount, and a southern extension almost to Clinton.

“This collaboration comes in response to the dire state of declining moose populations in our territories and the lack of effective action by the province of B.C.,” said a joint statement issued by the alliance. “The situation is so dire that many Tsilhqot’in and Dkelh citizens are deciding not to exercise their Aboriginal rights to hunt moose and going without this main source of food for the winter.”

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