Hikers in the Whiteshell Provincial Park are being warned of trapping activity along a popular trail.
The Centennial Trail runs through a registered trapline area, and a provincial spokesperson says trailhead signs posted at staging areas notify visitors that it is an active hunting and trapping area.
Signs are posted along an area of the Centennial Trail, letting visitors know to watch out for wolf snares.
People are advised to stay on the designated trails and always keep dogs on leash.
“Backcountry areas in provincial parks are large, multiple-use areas, where hunting and trapping does occur,” the province states. “Trail users and anyone visiting backcountry areas in any provincial park should be aware that these activities may be occurring at any time of year, but especially in fall and winter seasons. Visitors to provincial parks can check with the local park district office and conservation officers for information on local hunting and trapping regulations.”
The province notes that trappers play an important role in managing wildlife.
“Trappers in Manitoba have a long history as stewards of the province’s wildlife resources and play an essential role in the shared management of fur-bearing animals. In Manitoba, including provincial parks, trapping is strictly regulated, and provincial wildlife biologists and conservation officers ensure that trapping is conducted in a sustainable and humane fashion.”
According to Adam Collicut, senior interpreter for Manitoba Parks, there are between 100 and 150 wolves in the Whiteshell.
“To learn more about trapping in Whiteshell Provincial Park, park visitors can visit the Whiteshell Trappers Museum on the grounds of the Alfred Hole Visitor Centre in Rennie, which is open on weekends from May through October,” the province says. “Built and run by the Whiteshell Trappers Association, the museum is modeled after a traditional trapper's cabin. A local trapper can answer questions about the history of trapping and fur-bearing animals of Manitoba, share information on modern trapping techniques, and the important role trappers play in wildlife management in the park.”
-With files from Carly Koop.
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