2012-07-22

B.C. moose ravaged by salvage logging of beetle-killed pine forests

Aggressive salvage logging of beetle-killed pine forests is being blamed for moose populations crashing by up to 70 per cent in the B.C. Interior.

Massive clearcuts with no size limits have eliminated extensive habitat, leaving moose exposed and vulnerable to human hunters and wild predators that are taking advantage of increased access to the back country.

The situation is so serious that the province is imposing greater restrictions on hunting opportunities, and one aboriginal group is declaring their traditional Chilcotin territory off-limits to non-native moose hunters this fall.