Tue, 23 Aug 2016

New App Encourages Hunters to Become Citizen Scientists

A new interactive tool is allowing British Columbians to help wildlife biologists monitor moose populations and inform conservation efforts.

The B.C. Moose Tracker app, available through iTunes, lets users upload information on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter in the wild directly to an online database. The data will the help the Province monitor moose populations by alerting staff to emerging issues.



The app also includes a digital version of 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, a searchable, interactive summary of hunting regulations throughout British Columbia.

The app supports the Province’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its moose management strategy through the modernization of licensing, inventory and research methods. B.C. Moose Tracker was developed in consultation with the B.C. Wildlife Federation and with the financial support of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

“Hunters hold a tremendous amount of knowledge about what’s happening out on the landscape,”said Ross Peck, Chair of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. “They have long supported – and participated in- important conservation initiatives, and this app provides a new means for them to contribute to the sustainable management of wildlife in B.C.”

To download the new BC Moose Tracker app, click here.