A Commentary by Barry Kent MacKay, Senior Program Associate in the Canadian
office of Born Free U.S.A.
Posted November 29th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Niagara, Ontario – Regarding the deer hunt or cull in Short Hills Provincial
Park in Niagara, I wonder if the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and
Forestry (MNRF) is using the Haudenosaunee to promote “hunting as a wildlife
management tool” because their revenues are in decline from hunter (and
fisher) licenses issued.
Of course such revenue does not come from First Nations, whose treaty rights
override rules applied to everyone else. Thus my theory, in part, is that
it is seen as in the fiscal interest of the MNRF to support the conception
of hunting being necessary, overall.
I have had MNRF officials claim it is necessary to reduce deer numbers and
also claim that it is not – that the hunt is just a…
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