Save Our Moose Action Committee

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Save Our Moose Action Committee

For the past number of years there has been an active campaign to drastically reduce the number of moose in the province of Newfoundland & Labrador. This campaign would have moose management shift away from a scientific, logic based management strategy to an emotional, fear response management strategy. The number of moose-vehicle collisions has been used to grossly misrepresent moose populations throughout the province. These numbers are being presented and decisions are being made that could adversely affect the future viability of a long held cultural tradition of going out and hunting moose for food and sport. Non-resident hunting in the province provides between $30-40 million dollars annually for provincial coffers. If one includes both direct and indirect economic benefits of hunting, from residents, then the number (conservatively) could be double that mentioned above! Thus, with a dramatic reduction in moose population there would also be a reduction in the economic spin offs from the harvesting of these animals and a large loss of employment for those involved in this type of work.

The majority of moose-vehicle collisions are preventable. People are driving at high rates of speed in poor weather, poor visibility and distracted drivers are a major issue for everyone's safety.

SOMAC, would like to see our moose hunt based on scientific data. We would like to see a sustainable moose for future generations to come.

This is a ground level movement to protect our moose from destruction.

Members: 31
Latest Activity: May 31

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Against shortening the length of the season!

Started by Andrew. Last reply by Peter Emberley Mar 24. 7 Replies

I don't have a problem reducing the number of moose licenses wherever declines in the population require it, but I am against reducing the length of the season. It's fine for those who have jobs with…Continue

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Comment by Peter Emberley on May 31, 2017 at 6:34am
I spoke with one of the enforcement officers Monday. He does not agree with that number either. There hasn't been a count done in years. Some one is full of it.
Comment by Boyd Winsor on May 30, 2017 at 6:00pm

Correct me if I am wrong but 114,000 was data that was the result of the last census conducted 20 years ago. Everyone moose hunter can tell you that this is erroneous. In other words, it is bullshit. What I'd like to know is the source of this lie.

Comment by Peter Emberley on May 30, 2017 at 6:18am
We need to put pressure on government to bring back the science on our moose and caribou population. I've heard it said that jaw bone examination was costing $30,000. Seems like very little money for good solid and sound information.
Comment by Peter Emberley on May 30, 2017 at 6:15am
According to whatever is left of the wildlife division, the department is saying there are 114000 moose. Wow nice number.
I have a few questions.

Where did this number come from?

How were they able to confirm this number?

How was the scientific data collected to gain this number?

What are the qualifications and backround of the people that supplied this information?

We're the methods used to collect the information good solid and proven techniques?

Was this number politically motivated to shut the people up like the government has done in other areas?

I'd sure like to know the answers to these questions!
Comment by Peter Emberley on April 13, 2017 at 4:26pm
No shortage of seals.
I'm going to share that one, wow.
Comment by Boyd Winsor on April 13, 2017 at 3:47pm

Et større antall grønlandssel ligger på et stort område med oppstykket havis.

Comment by Peter Emberley on April 13, 2017 at 3:20pm
Some very good points Boyden.
Comment by Boyd Winsor on April 13, 2017 at 12:01pm

All good questions Peter. It is common knowledge that government has a hidden agenda to drastically reduce moose populations which they have successfully accomplished beyond even their expectations. Public sentiment is very easy to manipulate through propaganda. It isn't difficult to see why moose populations have been decimated. 

While moose populations are only a tiny fraction of what they were even a decade ago, the seal population has exploded to unimaginable numbers. Yesterday, I was on a longliner which we steamed from Harbour Grace to Fermeuse. From Torbay to Cape Spear there were hundreds of thousands of seals both in the water and on the outside ice. Two longliners were into the fat and looked low in the water. To quote John Crosbie, "they don't eat Kentucky Fried Chicken".

The thing is, unlike moose they are out of sight and are totally out of the public eye. You don't hear a whisper though about the fact that at least ten million seals which is a very conservative estimate, eat at least ten million pounds of cod a day. A census which was conducted ten years ago estimated the harp seal population at 8 million. No one knows what it is now. Common sense would suggest that the figure, on cod predation  is closer to 100 million pounds a day. The food fishery in total is only .1% of 1% of the biomass according to DFO scientists which in total is just over a million pounds last year. Seals would eat this amount in a few hours.

Something to think about. Yet, all we hear is DFO nailing some poor bugger for going over on his quota by a few fish. Pathetic! 

Comment by Peter Emberley on April 13, 2017 at 10:30am
Interesting thoughts,

If the caribou herds of Labrador were completely wiped out, would this make it easier for mining companies to access the land?

Could the caribou be stopping the mining companies from mining? Are the mining companies promising a big boost to economy if they had access to the land?

After the land has been clear cut and stripped, why do they plant spruce trees? No animals can eat it. Moose need Balsam Fir, Dog wood and birch to survive the winter?

Why has the jaw bone study been cut, when so much information can be obtained at a very minimal cost?

Was the Wildlife division really done away with to save money or purposely done away with so government can control what people hear?

Will government contract out moose studies?
And if so, what are the chances of an unbiased report?

Couple of questions to ponder?
Comment by Boyd Winsor on March 24, 2017 at 10:33am

Human Footprint & Wildlife

The consequence of development on multiple levels on all wildlife is bad enough but when governments wash their hands of all things which protect wildlife and the vital habitat which is essential to their survival, the consequence is devastating. That is exactly what this liberal government has done with respect to wildlife protection through gutting biology and enforcement.

Waterfall populations in our province have been decimated  largely by the irresponsible behavior of cabin owners who have .22 cal. rifles in their cottages & will shoot at anything for target practice.  Moose populations are on the verge of total collapse because of successful lobbying to eradicate moose. Now the George River Herd has gone beyond the critical point and are heading for what appears to be  inevitable extinction.

Enforcement is virtually non-existent. Scientific research has been all but removed. There hasn’t been a census taken on moose populations in over a decade.  Data on successful harvesting of moose I suggest is far from accurate. Development of crown lands is open to any developer who can show that they can make a profit. Urban sprawl is reaching outward to develop pristine places which need protection.

Politicians simply don’t care about protection of wildlife and have a policy of development at any cost. It seems that the isolated islands of habitat that is left will in our lifetime be a distant memory for our children. The sad part of this is that people in general simply don’t care as long as their little world is protected. The truth however is that our wildlife is the only  thing that really matters in our little world because we only have one home and we are making a mess of it.

 

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