Manitoba government and Metis federation battling over moose hunt restrictions
WINNIPEG-The Manitoba government and the Manitoba Metis Federation appear headed to a showdown over moose hunting.
The government says because of an ongoing low moose population, it is cancelling a temporary moose hunt that was planned for this fall in the Duck Mountain and Porcupine Mountain areas.
The region has been under a moose hunting moratorium since 2011, and the province says that moratorium will be extended until next year.
Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen says enforcement measures are also being stepped up under new legislation that also restricts hunting at night with spotlights.
The Metis federation says it has not been consulted by the government, moose numbers are rebounding, and its members will exercise their right to a limited hunt in the area this fall.
Pedersen says the province has the right to restrict hunting to preserve animal numbers, and he expects the matter will end up in court.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 9, 2020