Control of Big Game Animals

Res #: 11-08A
Number: 11
Year: 2008
Midterm: No
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Environment

Resolution No. 11 – 08A
Control of Big Game Animals

WHEREAS many areas in the province are experiencing a high number of large wildlife animals such as elk, moose and deer; and

WHEREAS these large animals are causing problem areas within the Saskatchewan highway and municipal road systems; and

WHEREAS accidents caused by these animals have resulted in loss of lives, damage to vehicles and personal property;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby Saskatchewan Environment to further extend the control of big game in problem areas of the highways and municipal road systems.

Response from Honourable Nancy Heppner, Minister of Environment

The Ministry of Environment has responded to increased populations of ungulates, particularly deer in the central parklands and elk in the northeast, by increasing quotas for the number of hunting licenses to be issued.

Surveys conducted during the past two winters indicate a dramatic decline in some populations, particularly deer in the northeast where recent severe winters have caused increased mortality.  Continued adjustments to season dates and quotas as needed, and closely monitoring producer concerns will assist in alleviating issues related to ungulate population levels.