Elk and Moose Overpopulations

Res #: 26-12A
Number: 26
Year: 2012
Midterm: No
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

WHEREAS the population of elk and moose are increasing in south east Saskatchewan, and

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to monitor and deal with overpopulation of elk and moose numbers in affected municipalities.

Response from Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Environment: 

Elk and moose continue to expand their range into southern Saskatchewan. As such, the ministry is preparing a management plan for southern moose populations. The plan is currently in the consultation stage and is expected to be finalized this year. The plan will tie moose harvest strategies to the habitat base and is designed to reduce vehicle collisions and nuisance complaints.

For the 2012 hunting season, moose and elk quotas will be increased in many farmland zones. Discussions continue to take place with landowners and rural municipalities to ensure their perspectives are understood as moose and elk quotas are established.