May 8, 2014 4:53 pm

Longer moose hunting season proposed

In this file photo, a full-grown moose cow is pictured on March 17, 2013. Two boaters have been fined a total of $2,500 for harassing a cow moose swimming in a northwestern Ontario lake.

The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON – Proposed amendments could see the length of the moose hunting season go from three to five days.

The announcement was made Thursday in the legislative assembly by Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud.

“A longer moose hunting season in New Brunswick will result in more economic benefits for that industry in our province,” Robichaud said.

In recent years, applications for moose licenses have been about 14 times higher than the amount available.

The Department of Natural Resources says moose license quota would hold at 2013 numbers for the 2014 season, to ensure long-term sustainability of the moose population.

The 2014 resident moose draw will be held from May 20 to June 13. If the proposed changes come into effect, the longer moose hunting season will take place during the last week of September.

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