The BC Government is closing moose hunting in two areas of the Cariboo Region hit by the summer’s massive wildfires.
Officials say the two zones located north of Highway 20 and west of Williams Lake and Quesnel contain high-quality moose habitat that was severely affected by the Chilcotin Plateau Fire. The area is also important to First Nations for sustenance hunting.
The Tsilhqot’in Nation has stated its unequivocal opposition to opening the moose hunt in its territory after the worst ever wildfire season in the province.
The closures are for Zones A and C of management unit 5-13 and applies to all licensed hunting, including resident and guided hunters for the October 15-31 and November 1-15, 2017 seasons.
The Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Ministry says the areas will be assessed this winter to see what levels of hunting will be available in coming years.