Ontario Hunters Help Moose Watch Program
Moose Watch, the high-profile enforcement campaign to prevent moose poaching, has resulted in 676 charges, 526 charges pending and 123 unlawfully hunted moose seized, Natural Resources Minister Jerry Ouellette announced today.
As of December 15, 2002:
- The Moose Watch hotline received 131 calls.
- 137 moose have been discovered shot and abandoned.
- 333 investigations are continuing for various moose hunting violations.
"We're very pleased with the hunter support we've received this year," said Ouellette. "Our government is proud to have implemented the Moose Watch program. It is another important step in ensuring our resources are available now and for future generations."
Conservation Officers across the province made contact with 31,831 moose hunters in the field during the program and 98 per cent were in compliance.
Moose Watch encourages hunters and the public to report illegal moose hunting by calling a toll-free phone hot line (1-866-34-MOOSE). The hot line operated from September 15 to December 15, 2002. Moose Watch also included a violation reporting system, stepped-up patrols by Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) officers, canine and aerial patrols, special MNR investigation response teams and volunteers, all blended with public messages encouraging compliance.
Moose Watch is a co-operative effort involving the Ministry of Natural Resources, the OPP and Crime Stoppers.
Anyone who sees hunting violations, when Moose Watch is not in operation, is asked to contact their local MNR office or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Moose Watch is funded through Ontario's Living Legacy, the most comprehensive natural heritage program in provincial history.