Environmental Issues in Northern Ontario
Elk Restoration in Ontario
Since 1996 the people and government of
Ontario have been working to restore elk to four different geographic
areas of our province. This effort has been a broad based partnership
involving many groups, sponsors, supporters and volunteers on both a
provincial as well as local basis.
Elk are thought to have existed
throughout southern and central Ontario as far north as the Little
Claybelt and the mainland north of Manitoulin Island until the native
herds were extirpated by the late 1800ís; their demise is felt to have
been due to unregulated commercial harvesting and habitat loss.
Ontario wishes to maintain the
sustainability of itís natural resources and as a result is attempting
to restore degraded ecosystems and biological diversity.
With that in mind The Plan for the
Restoration of Elk in Ontario was created and is a long term plan to
guide Ontarioís elk restoration program. The plan was developed with
input from all elk partners and was posted on the Environmental Bill of
Rights registry for public comment. It was approved by MNR in 1997.