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January 27, 2009

Hunter and Trapper Education Workshops Scheduled

A series of hunter and trapper education workshops designed to teach individuals the proper methods for hunting coyotes in the province will take place in February. The How to Hunt Coyote workshops will also help improve general awareness about the Newfoundland Woodland Caribou, its predators, and predator hunting and trapping.

"The information and education component of our five-year caribou strategy is integral to its overall success, and these workshops play a very valuable role," said the Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation. "We must continue to ensure that our hunters are skilled in wildlife harvesting methods, and that we continue to implement appropriate measures to manage our wildlife populations."

Three workshops have been scheduled for February in the following locations:

  • February 9 – Marystown, Hotel Marystown, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • February 10 – Carbonear, Fong’s Motel, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • February 12 – Plum Point, Plum Point Motel, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Additional workshops are being planned for other areas of the province in the upcoming months.

    There is no cost to participate in these workshops, but attendance is limited. To reserve space, interested individuals are asked to contact the Wildlife Division in Corner Brook at 709-637-2006 or via e-mail at nathanspence@gov.nl.ca

    "The delivery of these workshops is dependent upon a number of individuals and organizations, and I want to express my gratitude to the various local Rod and Gun Clubs, the Newfoundland and Labrador Outfitters Association, the Newfoundland and Labrador Trappers Association, hunter education instructors, and members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Conservation Officers Association," said Minister Johnson. "We all understand the need for a balanced approach when it comes to wildlife conservation in our province, and our stakeholders are an important element in this approach."

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    Media contact:

    Melony O’Neill
    Director of Communications
    Department of Environment and Conservation
    709-729-2575, 689-0928
    moneill@gov.nl.ca

    2009 01 27                                                     10:00 a.m.


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