Cape Breton Mikmaq moose hunt guidelines meant to protect and regulate herd

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MEMBERTOU, N.S. - Mi'kmaq moose hunters have a new set of guidelines to follow that are meant to protect the herd and regulate the hunt in Cape Breton.
The guidelines are voluntary, which means there are no penalties for those caught breaking the rules.
Eric Zscheile, a negotiator with the Mi'kmaq Rights Initiative says Mi'kmaq hunters helped draft the guidelines and many are already following them.
According to treaty rights, aboriginal hunters are allowed to hunt the moose at any time of the year to feed family or their band.
The new guidelines, however, will prohibit moose hunting from Jan. 1 to Aug. 15.
Clifford Paul, the co-ordinator for moose management for the Unama'ki Institute of Natural Resources, says the decision to limit the hunting season mirrors the life cycle of the animal.

Organizations: Institute of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Cape Breton

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  • mikmaq man
    August 29, 2011 - 12:23

    we should just stop letting non natives take our food. Than we will have enough for out chrilden.

  • no way
    January 18, 2010 - 09:56

    a voluntary prohibition ? lmao....

  • chief wiggam
    January 18, 2010 - 09:50

    nice to see them taking responsibility.
    i never did get it why the natives took others with them. although a friend of mine never had to buy meat through his accompanying a native friend .

  • Flip
    January 18, 2010 - 09:49

    Hey! C..c..c..an we have voluntary drinking and driving laws also as well too?! 'Cause I promise - if y..you don't penalize me, I s..ssw.swswear I..iI won't drink and uhh.. -ahahha - where the Hell are my keys?! There they are. Oh, wait! That was involuntary! Hey- buy the way! What's the pluralization of moose? Is it meese?! Secondly; who really hunts to feed an entire village? No one, that's who!