MNRF Caution Hunters To Know What They Are Shooting
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says properly identifying moose can be challenging even for skilled hunters.
The MNRF says a moose under the age of one is a calf, while a moose in its second year is a yearling and is considered an adult moose in Ontario.
The body shape of calves is different from that of yearlings and adult moose: they have a square body shape with a sharply pointed shoulder hump.
The MNRF says that if you see a single moose without antlers, take time to search for a nearby calf. Yearlings are independent and less likely to follow cows as closely as calf moose.
Hunters are being reminded to know what animal you are shooting before you pull the trigger to avoid killing animals not available for hunting.