MOOSE HUNTING CLOSURE IN A RECENTLY LOGGED AREA
In Ontario, overharvesting of moose is often associated with extensive access for hunters and lack of cover for moose in recently logged areas. These areas are relatively small and cannot be protected by regulations designed for entire Wildlife Management Units. One such area, northeast of Lake Superior, was cutover for conifer species from 1975 to 1979, and closed to hunting during this period. Individual clearcuts ranged from 10 to 2270 ha and totalled 4940 ha. Hunting was reopened in 1979 and the harvest was extremely high (0.20 moose/km2). The area was closed again in 1980 to protect the moose until cover has regenerated and access has deteriorated. This paper describes the technique of closing a small area to hunting for intensive moose management. Legislation, administrative procedure, public participation, advertisement, enforcement, assessment, and optimization of benefits are discussed.
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