PRACTICAL IMPORTANCE OF MOOSE AND OTHER WILD FOODS TO NATIVES IN A REMOTE NORTHERN ONTARIO COMMUNITY
A detailed interview of all available trappers and hunters on the Cat Lake Reserve, northwestern Ontario, was conducted. Information was collected on numbers of moose and woodland caribou killed and relative importance of various classes of food items in the family diet. Hudson Bay Company records were used to evaluate the importance of store-bought meats. Moose meat provided over 25% of the estimated community protein intake. Woodland caribou were relatively unimportant. Other wild foods could not be precisely evaluated, but a crude estimation procedure indicated that wild food sources supplied nearly 60% of the community's protein.
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