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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A new project with the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) will be investigating the summer diets of moose in the Peace by analyzing droppings.

The multi-year project will collect moose droppings in the summer and apply microhistology and DNA barcoding analysis techniques. These techniques will help identify the important plants to moose in the summer and help to inform future habitat actions.

“This project takes an innovative approach to supporting moose in the Parsnip,” says Chelsea Coady, FWCP’s Peace Region manager. “Zeroing in on the plants that moose rely on in the summer months will allow us to target future conversation habitat efforts for maximum impact.”

This project will be led by the University of Northern British Columbia and is one of 26 fish and wildlife projects for 2021-2022. Around $1.3 million has been approved by the FWCP’s Peace Region board.

More information on FWCP projects and information on applying for grants can be found on their website.

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