The Tsilhqot’in Nation is pushing for people to bypass the moose hunt this year.
Members of the community have reported seeing moose in the areas affected by wildfires looking dingy, singed and tired.
The Tsilhqot’in Nation is getting ready to push back against the fall moose hunt this year to give the animals a break.
Chief Joe Alphonse says they are requesting the NDP government to take some action on this and to support their prohibition of the moose hunt in the Chilcotin.
Chief Alphonse feels its disrespectful to the animals to hunt them in a time like this where they too have been displaced and has had their habitats destroyed by fire.
Alphonse worries about the population and is putting things in place for his community to be able to get through the winter without relying on moose.
They have already hired extra fishermen to supply the community with food in replacement of moose.
They have told hunter in the community they do not intend on hunting moose this year and are encouraging other hunters to do the same.
Chief Alphonse says that at this point, there are a number of bears in the Chilcotin and he would have rather seen the province support shutting down the moose hunt than stopping the grizzly trophy hunt.