With the “Moose Sex Project” Canada Hopes To Make A Moose Love Connection

Canada's Nature Conservancy moves into moose matchmaking

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Move over, OK Cupid. Scram, eHarmony. The Nature Conservancy of Canada is hoping to make their moose population fall in love the old-fashioned way — with a land deal.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada recently launched a new initiative to boost moose populations in Nova Scotia — where the large mammals have been listed as endangered since 2003 — by creating a preservation corridor along the narrow isthmus that connects the province to New Brunswick. According to the CBC, the new program — aptly, if somewhat bluntly, named “The Moose Sex Project”– hopes to raise $35,000 to buy up and protect land along the Chignecto Isthmus,  allowing New Brunswick’s healthy moose population to cross over to Nova Scotia and find mates.

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“Moose populations in New Brunswick are quite healthy and continue to be healthy,” said Andrew Holland, spokesman for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, speaking to the CBC. “Our hope for this narrow section of land … is we keep it open for large animals so the moose in New Brunswick can go over and make friends with the moose in Nova Scotia.” But it’s not just moose that can make the most of the new love connection: the Nature Conservancy also expects other mammals and birds such as the Canada lynx, bobcat and northern goshawk to use the new corridor of love, find new mates and mix up the genetic gene pool.

Who says you can’t buy love?

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HypatiaLeigh
HypatiaLeigh

Much info is missing as this doesn't make sense.  The isthmus is
marsh lands, no?   Are there many fences, or other reasons the moose are
somehow currently "blocked" from travel/migration?   How is land
purchase going to "woo" moosie travel/love?     Has anyone done a study
to see that perhaps the moose in N.Scotia are probably migrating
north/west for whatever (climate change, food, love, leaving higher
populated small peninsual N.S. toward more quiet/forested N.B.,  etc.)
reasons?    With a few billion moose in the world, how are they
"endangered"?


I agree with the other comment (alaska/vehicles) but has anyone
tallied/studied if this is actually a cause/issue in N.S. moose
population decline? Otherwise, if studies show populations
are actually healthy/thriving (just not intereested in N.Scotia) go for
a hike and visit them in N.B.   Leave the moose alone.  

If there is disease/destruction humans can help with go for it.
Otherwise,  if they wanna "get it on" or move/travel that's their
choice.


Control freaks.



DennisHastings
DennisHastings

The problem started, as it did in Alaska, with large diesel vehicles. Not tractor trailer rigs, but personal trucks, the really big ones you see rattling around all the time. They hit and kill moose all the time. Up near the town of Matanuska, in Alaska, there are notices about this posted in many locations. People drive these trucks too fast in an environment where moose live. They're talking on their phones, playing music, and being otherwise oblivious to the environment that they are traveling in... and they run into these creatures. They're pretty big. If people were paying attention and driving slower they wouldn't run into them so often. But they do. It's not the only problem for the moose, of course. Moose meat is better tasting than elk or deer because it's a little more fatty. So hunters love to shoot moose as well. Put the two factors together... you've got a species on the decline. Slow down, drivers. Wake up. Turn down the music, put down the phone. Share the road with a moose.