Study in progress on the effects of winter ticks – moose hunters, pay attention

In the winter of 2020, 97 moose were fitted with a radio-collar as part of a study on winter ticks in the following regions:

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent: 25 young adults (males and females aged 18 months) near the Rimouski wildlife reserve, the Bas St-Laurent ZEC and the Pourvoirie Le Chasseur;
  • Gaspésie: 14 young adults (males and females aged 18 months) and 15 mature females in Forillon National Park;
  • Capitale-Nationale: 24 young adults (males and females aged 18 months) on the property of the Séminaire de Québec;
  • Outaouais and Laurentides: 19 young adults (males and females aged 18 months) in the eastern part of the La Vérendrye wildlife reserve and in the Petawaga ZEC.

Important message for hunters in Gaspésie

We ask that you do not shoot a moose wearing a white collar. It is a mature female that has been immobilized with a chemical. According to Health Canada, animals that have been immobilized with this product must not be consumed if they have been killed in the year following the product’s injection.

However, all young adults (18 months old) wearing a black collar may be harvested safely and are fit for consumption. Also, all moose wearing a collar (black or white) in other regions may be harvested.

If you shoot a moose wearing a collar

  • Do not cut the belt of the collar.
  • Instead, remove the collar by unscrewing the two nuts at its base, where the belt is adjustable and has several pairs of holes, using an 8 mm wrench or a pair of pliers.
  • Call the telephone number on the collar so we can retrieve it.
  • The collars will automatically fall off to the ground at the end of October 2020.

To learn more about the research project, visit