Another Cariboo-Chilcotin area First Nation has banned moose hunting in the wake of widespread summer wildfires.
The Xeni Gwet’in say the fires destroyed thousands of hectares of wildlife habitat in the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s traditional territory, putting the survival of many wildlife species at risk.
To promote survival of those at-risk species, the Xeni Gwet’in have banned moose hunting and greatly limited other hunting within their caretaker lands and the Tsilhqot’in Declared Title Lands.
The Nation has banned hunting or entrance onto Title Lands by non-Tsilhqot’in peoples with firearms.
The hunting ban applies to all moose, doe mule deer/black tail by all peoples. Hunting of white tail does and bucks is permitted by aboriginal hunters throughout the caretaker area. Licensed non-aboriginal hunters are only allowed to hunt outside Title Lands.
“The Xeni Gwet’in First Nations are taking action to protect the moose resource for future generations. We expect the Province of BC and non-aboriginal hunters to respect and comply with the expressed wishes of the community”, says Chief Roger William.
Earlier this month, the ?Esdilagh, another TNG member Nation declared a moose hunt ban in its territory.
The Xeni Gwet’in say its Title Land Rangers will be on the land throughout the fall season educating the public and encouraging hunters to comply with the plan.