Wildlife Management Strategy for Ontario

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is developing a Wildlife Management Strategy for Ontario and two other complementary wildlife initiatives. RSMIN citizens’ are encouraged to provide feedback as part of the policy development process.



Wildlife is a key component of the rich biodiversity in Ontario and also provides a wide range of ecological, cultural, recreational and economic benefits. There are many factors affecting wildlife that can result in complex and far-reaching effects. To ensure that Ontario is well placed to effectively address broad-scale pressures facing wildlife populations, the ministry is taking the first step in developing a Wildlife Management Strategy for Ontario. We would also like to take the opportunity to share information about two upcoming initiatives; the development of a Small Game and Furbearer Management Framework along with a White-tailed Deer Management Policy.


Overview of the Wildlife Initiatives

1.    Building a Wildlife Management Strategy for Ontario: A Discussion Paper is intended to provide information and generate discussion about wildlife management in Ontario in order to inform the development of a provincial Wildlife Management Strategy.

2.    The Small Game and Furbearer Management Framework (in development) is anticipated to provide guiding principles, management objectives and tactics to ensure the long term sustainable management.

3.    The White-tailed Deer Management Policy (in development) is anticipated to bring together Ontario’s existing deer management practices and set the context for broader management approaches to allow us to respond effectively to pressures facing Ontario’s White-tailed Deer Population.


Please Click following Link: ER posting number 012-8249.


Key Dates

The public review and comment period for the Wildlife Management Strategy for Ontario: A Discussion Paper extends until November 17, 2016.


Opportunities to Participate

Written comments may be submitted directly through the Environmental Registry posting 012-8249 or by Email to: Consultation@RSMIN.ca

If you have questions or would like to discuss further, please contact Dean Whellan at 807-623-4635

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