DNR: 2020 moose harvest largest in six decades


New Brunswick says this year's moose harvest was the largest since 1960.

Department of Natural Resources' Nick Brown says preliminary number show 3,904 moose were harvested across the province this year.

That's up from the 3,689 moose registered in 2019.

The previous record was 3,817 moose in 2017.

There were 1,145 moose harvested in the Northeastern Region, up from 1,135 in 2019.

In the Eastern region, 896 moose were harvested, an increase from 769 last season.

The Southwestern region saw 674 moose registered this year, up from 631 the previous year.

The largest harvest was in the Northwestern region with 1,189 moose registered this year, up from 1,154 last season.

The province issued 4,794 moose license this year.

Meanwhile, Brown says the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in some changes to the moose registration process.

He says DNR established operational procedures to ensure physical distancing during the registration process while access to registration stations was limited to only hunters registering their moose.