B.C. goes high tech to support moose management

The B.C. Moose Tracker app lets users upload information on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter

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Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

VICTORIA – A new interactive tool is allowing British Columbians to help wildlife biologists monitor moose populations and inform conservation efforts, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced recently.

The B.C. Moose Tracker app, available through iTunes, lets users upload information on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter in the wild directly to an online database. The data will the help the Province monitor moose populations by alerting staff to emerging issues.

“The Province is committed to ensuring sustainable wildlife populations throughout B.C. and informs its management decisions with the best available scientific research,” Thomson said. “The Moose Tracker app gives us a cost-effective way to identify demographic trends and inform B.C.’s moose management framework.”

The app also includes a digital version of 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, a searchable, interactive summary of hunting regulations throughout British Columbia.

The app supports the Province’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its moose management strategy through the modernization of licensing, inventory and research methods.

The Province developed B.C. Moose Tracker in consultation with the B.C. Wildlife Federation and with the financial support of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

There are between 120,000 to 200,000 moose in British Columbia.

 

Download the app: gov.bc.ca/wildlifehealth/moosetracker