Manitoba Moose Lose a Friend


Dr. Vince Crichton, known in this part of the world has Doc Moose died December 3rd. He was well respected for the work he did to try and save moose populations in this part of the world. In 1982, Dr. Crichton, in his role at the Wildlife Branch, helped implement conservation measures to protect the estimated 30,000 moose remaining in Manitoba.


Now, there are maybe 15,000 moose remaining in Manitoba. Despite numerous setbacks Doc Moose kept advocating for the rights of this majestic animal, hoping for the best. Friend John Toone Jr. worked with Dr. Crichton recently in the completion of an hour-long documentary called Giants of the Boreal Forest. It highlights his work over the years, studying these animals in their natural environment. In recent times John got to spend a lot of time with Doc.

“Vince shared in his passion for moose with any and everyone. We had a special toast for him at his moose camp in late September and moments later the northern lights appeared. Vince worked on that level, and because of his lifelong commitment to conservation, the moose in Manitoba still have a fighting chance. He was great friend, and it was an experience like no other to spend time in the woods with Doc Moose.”

The documentary is available here on the CBC Gem Network and is a great testament to the work he did trying to protect the moose in Manitoba.


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Don Lamont - The Complete Angler Don Lamont has been a full time professional angler for 34 years, hosting and producing the award winning “The Complete Angler” television series for fifteen of those. Don has received several awards for his commitment to public education and the future of recreational fishing in Canada. Those include a 2000 Canadian Recreational Fisheries Award for his work with Manitoba’s Urban Angling Partnership. In 2003 he received a Manitoba Tourism Award for his promotion of Manitoba and western Canada. In 2004 he was a finalist at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada National Award for Tourism Excellence, presented by The Globe and Mail. Don has been a regular fishing columnist in the Winnipeg Free Press since 1992 and is currently editor of Hooked Magazine.

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