After a 150-year absence, the mighty Atlantic salmon has found its way back into Ontario tributaries.
Atlantic salmon are, once again, spawning in the Credit River in Southern Ontario. Adult salmon introduced into Lake Ontario's tributaries as part of the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program have been returning to the Credit.
These majestic swimmers have also been returning to Cobourg Creek and Duffins Creek, the two other streams targeted for restoration of the Atlantic salmon.
"The OFAH is pleased to be working with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Australia's Banrock Station Wines and more than 50 other public and private organizations on the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program," said Mike Reader, executive director of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
Atlantic salmon disappeared from Lake Ontario in the late 1800s, mainly due to habitat loss in streams. The salmon will return to the lake, where they continue to grow and then revisit their home streams to spawn. The Atlantic salmon does not die after it spawns.
HUNTING ON RISE IN U.S.
Hunting is making a comeback in the U.S., and the recession seems to be the reason.
More people than ever in states like Pennsylvania, New York, Montana, Wisconsin and Missouri are grabbing their guns and heading for the woods.
Sales of hunting rifles are up in many areas, too, and hunters are donating more deer meat than ever to food banks. Experts believe the main reasons for the increase are rising unemployment and a slowing economy, giving people more time to spend in the woods.
Once considered one of that country's most popular pastimes, hunting has been in decline in the U.S. since the 1970s.
TRIVIA QUESTION NO. 2
Here is the second question in the Conservationist of the Year trivia contest: Of the four subspecies of moose found in North America, which one is considered second-largest next to Alces alces Gigas, or the Alaska-Yukon moose? a) Alces alces Americana; b) Alces alces Andersoni; or c) Alces Alces Shirasi.
The first person to correctly answer all five trivia questions and e-mail them to me by Jan. 8 will take home a selection of great outdoors products from Brecks fishing tackle and Tinks scents.