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Kelly Russell Legacy Project

Kelly Russell Legacy Project

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Introduction of Moose to the Island of Newfoundland

Designated in 2013 as an Event of Provincial Significance

Nominated by Valerie Simms-Anderson

Four moose were introduced to the Island of Newfoundland near the town of Howley in 1904. Positive and negative, the (estimated) 150,000 descendants of these hungry herbivores have left an indelible mark on this province's identity, culture and landscape. Moose were originally introduced as part of a wider government initiative to develop the Island's interior. It was hoped that the animals would attract big game hunters - a new market for Newfoundland's new railways. The meat would also sustain workers needed in the burgeoning mining and forestry industries - a key to diversifying the country's fishing-based economy. With few natural predators and finding Newfoundland the perfect habitat, moose thrived and the rest is history. Today, moose are so numerous that they pose a hazard to drivers, and their voracious appetites are altering the native forest. But the moose is none the less an important part of this province's identity. Moose meat is a feature on the BBQs of community festivals and the menus of gourmet restaurants promoting local food, and the annual moose hunt is celebrated in story and song as an opportunity for people to reconnect with the land.

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The Introduction of Moose to the Island of Newfoundland, Commemorations Paper by Allan Byrne [PDF]