Moose Value

The Interim Assessment Protocol for Moose in British Columbia is based on a scientific understanding of moose ecology. This protocol provides an initial standard method for evaluating the current state of, and risks to the moose value across the province.

Modifications to this protocol or alternate assessment methods may also be used to generate cumulative effects assessment reports for moose.

 

Assessment Reports

Current Condition Reports and Cumulative Effects Assessment and Management Reports produced under the Cumulative Effects Framework aim to provide decision-support for the management of moose in British Columbia. Reports will be provided here as they become available.

Thompson-Okanagan Region:

Moose are generally abundant and distributed widely throughout most of British Columbia, with notable exceptions being Haida Gwaii, Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, and portions of the mainland coast.

Moose have environmental, economic, social and cultural value to the people of British Columbia. First Nations rely on moose for social, ceremonial, and sustenance purposes. Moose also provide recreational opportunities to resident and non-resident hunters, and their harvest provides economic benefits through the sale of hunting licenses and associated expenditures. Recognizing the importance of this species, government has established objectives for moose management in land use plans, legislation and policy.

Moose are a wide-ranging species, and they depend upon multiple, well-connected and functioning habitats with properly functioning ecosystem processes. Moose are susceptible to cumulative impacts on their habitat and their populations from extensive land use activities and disturbances. As a species that can tolerate, and may even benefit from, some human activities on the landscape, moose-human interactions are common and complex.