Fond du Lac Band Cancels 2013 Moose Hunt

By KBJR News 1

Credit: MN DNR

Fond du Lac Band Cancels 2013 Moose Hunt

September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 10:22 PM CDT

(NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota's dwindling moose population will get a break this fall.

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will not hold a moose hunt this season.

After numerous discussions with Band members, the Reservation Business Committee has voted to cancel its season in the 1854 Ceded Territory.

Up until the announcement Friday, the band planned to go ahead with the historical and traditional hunt, allowing band members to harvest 25 bull-moose.

The Fond du Lac Band says state and tribal biologists have concluded that tribal hunting has not been a significant factor in the moose decline.

Last winter, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources canceled the state hunt after an annual survey showed the population declined 35 percent in one year.

The RBC says it will do what it can to help stabilize the moose population for the future.

The RBC, FDL Ceded Territory Committee and Resource Management staff say they will continue evaluating available scientific data in order to determine whether the Band will resume its moose hunt in 2014.

The FDL band joins the Grand Portage and Bois Forte bands in cancelling the hunt.