Expanded Hunting Opportunities Help Manage Wildlife

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The province is helping control wildlife populations by expanding Sunday gun hunting to 67 more municipalities in southern Ontario and all or part of 14 geographic townships near the French River, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today.

"We believe these expanded hunting opportunities will help address concerns about vehicle-wildlife collisions and crop damage caused by burgeoning wildlife populations in some areas of Ontario," said Ramsay. "They will also provide an economic boost for communities."

The province consulted with communities in southern Ontario last year and posted the proposal on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry. Only communities that expressed an interest are included.

These new opportunities will take effect September 1 of this year. It will mean an extra one to three days of gun hunting for deer and 12 to 15 days for small game during the fall. The public can learn more about the decision notice by visiting the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry at www.ene.gov.on.ca/samples/search/ and entering Registry Number RB05E6807.

Hunters can already gun hunt on Sundays in northern Ontario and in 25 other municipalities in southern Ontario.