Moose Cull Temporarily Suspended
A controversial moose cull in the Highlands National Park has been temporarily called off after a confrontation between Mi’kmaq hunters and protesters.
Parks Canada’s Derek Quann says a group of about 30 protesters entered a restricted area of the park at around 10:00 yesterday morning and confronted hunters at a Mi’kmaq hunting camp.
He adds words were exchanged but the confrontation did not get physical.
He goes on to say Parks Canada then decided to suspend the hunt and notified Inverness County RCMP who were patrolling the area.
Opponents of the hunt say it’s not needed because the moose population is not as plentiful as Parks Canada claims.
Some hunters have also argued that non-Mi’kmaq hunters should also be allowed to participate in the cull.
Meanwhile, Quann says the hunt will resume after Parks Canada consults with the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources that represents the Mi’kmaq hunters.