Province Protects White-Coloured Moose

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New Regulation Recognizes Cultural Significance And Boosts Local Ecotourism

A new provincial regulation to protect white-coloured moose in the Folyet area of northeastern Ontario recognizes the cultural and spiritual significance of the white moose to First Nations and promotes local eco-tourism, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today.

"I am pleased to announce that Ontario is responding to concerns from local community groups and First Nations by implementing a regulation to protect moose with this natural but rare colouring," said Ramsay. "The presence of the white moose encourages wildlife viewing and supports eco-tourism potential in the northeast."

The regulation under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act prohibits the hunting of moose that are predominately white coloured in Wildlife Management Units 30 and 31, an area near Timmins, Chapleau and Foleyet. The new regulation does not affect the availability of moose validation tags for both resident and non-resident hunters.

White-coloured moose are naturally produced in wild moose populations. They are not a separate species, and their colour is thought to be caused by a recessive gene that occurs within the broader moose population.

The proposed regulation was posted on the Environmental Registry for public comment for 30 days last August. The decision notice of the new regulation will be posted today on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry. To view the notice, visit www.ene.gov.on.ca/samples/search/ and enter Registry Number RB05E6805.