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Approximately 1000 animals in mainland NS in isolated populations
- Population decline of at
least 20% over the past 30 years
- Hunting closures on
mainland NS since the 1930's
are numerous and complex
- Moose on Cape Breton
Island, NS were re-introduced from Alberta in the 1940's and are
not at risk
The native population of moose in Nova Scotia is limited to
approximately 1000 individuals in isolated sub-populations across
the mainland. There has been a population decline of at least 20%
over the past 30 years and extensive reductions in distribution and
population size have occurred over more than 200 years, despite
extensive hunting closures since the 1930's. The decline is not well
understood but involves a complex of threats including: over
harvesting, illegal hunting, climate change, parasitic brainworm,
increased road access to moose habitat, spread of white-tailed deer,
very high levels of cadmium, deficiencies in cobalt and possibly an
unknown viral disease.
Moose on Cape Breton Island are not risk as they are the result of a
re-introduction of moose from Alberta in the 1940ís.
The map shows the
municipalities where this species can be found. For more specific
location information please contact us.
Note: This map includes
locations where it was known from in the past.
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