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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A new app has been launched to help biologists track moose numbers in the province.

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson unveiled a new interactive tool yesterday that will allow British Columbians to help wildlife biologists monitor the population of the large animals.

The B.C. Moose Tracker app, which is available for iOS devices, lets users upload data of the number, gender, and location of moose they encounter directly to an online database. That data will the help the provincial government monitor moose populations by alerting staff to emerging issues. It is estimated that there are approximately 120,000 to 200,000 moose in B.C.

The app also includes a digital version of the 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, which is a searchable, interactive summary of provincial hunting regulations.

The province, which spends $750,000 annually on wildlife inventories, developed the app in consultation with the B.C. Wildlife Federation, and with the financial support of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

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