Province Extends And Expands Deer Season

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The province is responsibly managing Ontario's natural resources by expanding deer hunting opportunities in southern and central Ontario, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today.

"I'm pleased we can expand hunting opportunities as part of a sustainable wildlife management program," said Ramsay. "Not only does it keep deer populations under control but it provides an economic boost to communities."

The ministry has expanded deer hunts in some parts of the province and created some new deer hunting seasons to reduce deer-vehicle collisions, crop damage and habitat degradation.

The ministry posted the proposed changes on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry for comment on March 1, 2005, for 30 days before making the changes. Most of the comments were positive.

Deer populations in parts of Ontario have increased significantly over the past 10 years due to mild winters and abundant food supplies. Related Information

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