Moose need sex, landowners get tax breaks. A Canadian solution

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are separated by the Chignecto Isthmus, a critical land bridge that serves as the only route for terrestrial wildlife to move in and out of Nova Scotia.

That’s important for moose because there is a major difference between the two provinces.

New Brunswick is chock-full of moose. Nova Scotia has a dearth of them. The population in Nova Scotia is so small, moose there are considered an endangered species.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has launched an ambitious project to encourage more moose in Nova Scotia by appealing for more land donations.

There are only about 1,000 moose in Nova Scotia where while next door in New Brunswick, there are more than 29,000 of them.

The key to more moose is more moose sex.

So the Chignect Isthmus, the NCC believes, should be a big meeting pool for moose.

So far, the NCC has secured 13 properties in the Chignecto Isthmus Natural Area, which total more than 2,060 acres (830 hectares). These properties are located in the Upper Tantramar Watershed, Halls Hill and Baie Verte in New Brunswick and three sites near Amherst in Nova Scotia.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has received support and hundreds of acres of land donation so far. But more is needed for long-term, sustainable preservation.

The Chignecto Isthmus features an extensive system of swamps, lakes, marshes and bogs. In addition to moose, other mammals and bird species found here include lynx, bobcat and northern goshawk.

h/t: Nature Conservancy Canada

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