Public Consultations Seek Input on Preventing Crop Damage Due to Moose

  • Fisheries and Land Resources

February 21, 2020

The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, today announced the Provincial Government is hosting public consultations as part of a review of the department’s Agriculture Depredation Policy as it relates to the shooting of moose causing crop damage on farms at night. The public consultations will seek feedback through four in-person sessions and an online questionnaire at

Feedback gathered during the public consultations will seek to obtain views about whether farmers should be permitted to shoot moose at night, and, if so, how to ensure it is done in a manner that minimizes the risk to public safety.

Background information about the policy and questionnaire, is being used to solicit feedback, and can be accessed online through Written submissions will also be accepted, and can be emailed to or sent by regular mail to:

Manager of Strategic Agriculture Priorities
Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
192 Wheeler’s Road, P.O. Box 2006
Corner Brook, NL   A2H 0J1

The deadline for submissions is March 13, 2020.

The schedule for in-person sessions is:

  • Deer Lake, Holiday Inn Express, February 26 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wooddale – February 27 – Centre for Agriculture and Forestry Development: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Details of in-person sessions planned for March in Clarenville and St. John’s will be announced in the coming days.


“Crop damage caused by moose can be significant and is having a negative impact on some farming operations. Determining how to effectively address this problem, while placing public safety first and foremost is a priority. Through these public consultation sessions farmers and the public have an opportunity to provide feedback that will be considered when making future decisions regarding the practical effectiveness of the current Agriculture Depredation Policy.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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