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Hunting and parks

Although the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act bans sport hunting in Provincial Parks, a full 67 out of 272 parks (roughly) one in four) were exempted from this prohibition. Prior to January 1999, over 25% of Ontario parks allowed the recreational hunting of some or all of the following: moose, deer, wolf, fox, raccoon, snapping turtle, wild turkey and a range of other birds, reptiles and fur-bearing mammals. After January 1999, the Tory government introduced Ontario's Living Legacy, a land-use planning strategy for 39 million hectares of public land north of the Georgian Bay area. The purpose of the plan was to guarantee the logging and mining industries access to our natural resources and expand recreational opportunities for hunters and anglers. Only 12% has been set aside for provincial parks and virtually all areas designated as new parks and additions to existing parks will allow sport hunting. A full 69% of Ontario's protected spaces will allow some form of recreational hunting which means our protected areas are not really protected at all.

As of 2009, the following provincial parks allow some form of sport hunting in all or portions of the park.

Abitibi-De-Troyes, Albany River, Alexander Lake Forest, Algoma Headwaters, Algonquin Park, Amable du Fond River, Aubinadong-Nushatogaini Rivers, Aubinadong River, Aubrey Falls, Barron River, Batchawana River, Big East River, Biscotasi Lake, Bissett Creek, Black Creek, Black Sturgeon River, Blind River, Blue Lake, Bon Echo, Bonnechere River, Brightsand River, Chapleau-Nemegosenda River, Charleston Lake, Chiniguchi Waterway, Dana-Jowsey Lakes, Darlington, Eagle Dogtooth, East English River, Egan Chutes, Englehart River, Sand Plain and Waterway, Esker Lakes, Fawn River, French River, Fushimi Lake, Goulais River, Grant’s Creek, Greenwater, Groundhog River, Grundy Lake, Gull River, Halfway Lake, Ivanhoe, Jocko Rivers, Kap-Kip Iwan, Kashabowie, Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, Killarney Wilderness Park, Killarney Headwaters and Lakelands, Kopka River, La Cloche, Lake in the Woods, Lake St. Peter, Lake Superior, LaMotte Lake, Long Point, Larder River Waterway, LaVerendrye, Little Abitibi, Little Current River, Little White River, Lower Madawaska River, McRae Point, Mashkinonje, Matinenda, Mattawa River, Missinaibi, Mississagi, Misissagi River, Nagagamiss, Nakina Moraine, Neys, Nimoosh, Noganosh Lake, North Channel Inshore, Obabika River, Obatanga, Obonga-Ottertooth, Ogoki River, Opeongo River, Otoshwin-Attawapiskat River, Ottawa River, Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls, Pancake Bay, Pigeon River, Pipestone River, Point Farms, Polar Bear Wilderness Park, Presqu’ile, Pretty River Valley, Pukaskwa River, Puzzle Lake, Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands, Restoule, River aux Sables, Rock Point, Rondeau, Ruby Lake, Rushbrook, Sandbar Lake, Sandpoint Island, Severn River, Silent Lake, Silver Falls, Solace, South Bay, Spanish River, St. Raphael, Steel River, Sturgeon River, Temamgami River, The Massasauga, The Shoals, Turtle River- White Otter Lake, Upper Madawaska River, W.J.B. Greenwood, Wabakimi Wilderness Park, Wanapitei, Wenebegon River, Westmeath, West English River, West Montreal River, White Lake, Whitesand, Widdifield Forest, Winisk Forest, and Woman River Forest.

Ontario currently has 330 provincial parks and 294 conservation reserves. Sport hunting is permitted in all conservation reserves and in all or portions of 131 provincial parks. Only 199 of 624 protected areas in Ontario prohibit the killing of wildlife.

Source: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources 2009 Hunting Regulations.


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