Hunters in Newfoundland have rarely had a Thanksgiving this good. Starting tomorrow, the province is allowing a huge moose hunt and as many as 33 thousand animals may be taken this year. And that's still too few for many Newfoundlanders. We'll hear why there 's very little sympathy for the province's moose.
The Monday guest host is Nancy Wilson in Toronto.
Part One of The Current
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Moose Kill - Documentary
Tomorrow, hunters in Newfoundland will shoulder their rifles and do something no Canadian has ever (legally) done before. Newfoundlanders are going to hunt moose in National parks. The vast Gros Morne and Terra Nova parks will no longer be a safe refuge for the animals. Newfoundland didn't have any moose at the beginning of the 20th century and now has an estimated 150 thousand of the animals. That's roughly one moose for every three Newfoundlanders.
Many drivers have been terrified to see the huge and unexpected silhouettes on the highway at night. And Newfoundlanders demand something be done. Hunters are permitted to take about 33 thousand moose this year -- but many people say that's still not enough. Some want the population cut in half.
Our St. John's producer, Marie Wadden, wonders if there's anyone left who has sympathy for the animals. Today we heard her documentary, A tough time for Moose.
Moose Kill - Brian McLaren
Our next guest was Brian McLaren. He lived in Newfoundland for nine years and spent much of that time studying moose and their impact on the social and natural environment.
He's an associate professor of natural resource management at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay Ontario. And today he joined us from our Thunder Bay studio.