Moose hunts have been in the works for two national parks in Newfoundland since 2010. October 11, 2011 the season opened in Terra Nova and Gros Morne, with 20 licences issued for Terra Nova and 382 for Gros Morne.
Parks Canada monitors the health of Canada's forests, and it was determined that habitat was being destroyed by an over-population of moose. The over-population created the need to open the parks for hunting. Parks Canada waited until after the Canadian Thanksgiving, as that is a time when park traffic slows down. The end of the season is scheduled for January 8th.
There is an estimated population of 150,000 moose on the islands of Newfoundland. Gros Morne is estimated to have a population of 5,000 in the park. Parks Canada is hoping the moose hunts will be as successful as the deer hunts have been for parks in Ontario and British Columbia. From CBCnews.com .