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Memorable Manitobans: Vincent Frederick Joseph “Vince” Crichton (1942-2020)

Biologist, civil servant.

Born at Chapleau, Ontario on 7 November 1942, son of Vincent and Dora Crichton, his passion for the outdoors and wildlife developed as a result of time spent with his father, a fish and wildlife officer. He received BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Manitoba and a doctorate in wildlife diseases from the University of Guelph. This led to a 40-year career as a wildlife biologist with the Manitoba government. He retired as Manager of Game, Fur, and Problem Wildlife.

His passion was the biology and management of moose. He became an internationally recognized expert and was known affectionately as “Doc Moose.” He spent much time in Riding Mountain National Park, documenting and monitoring the patterns of park moose. After retirement, he became active in public advocacy for moose. A documentary on his work, called “Giants of the Boreal Forest,” was aired by CBC Television a month before his death, on his 78th birthday.

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 3 December 2020.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 2020.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 December 2020

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