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Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Wildlife Management Issues

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  • Grizzly Bear Hunting – Frequently Asked Questions

    This FAQ document provides answers to some of the most common questions the Fish and Wildlife Branch receives from the public and stakeholders regarding the sustainability of British Columbia’s Grizzly Bear hunt. It also explains the Ministry’s science-based harvest management practices that are designed to ensure that BC continues to be home to some of the healthiest Grizzly Bear populations in the world.

    Grizzly Bear Hunting – Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 603KB]

  • Cariboo-Chilcotin (Region 5) Mule Deer

    A number of questions and concerns have been expressed from resident hunters about the change in the mule deer hunting regulations for 2009 (Region 5). Those changes were based on concerns about the mule deer population and buck hunting in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. We’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions, which you’ll find in the link below.

    Cariboo-Chilcotin Mule Deer – Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 443KB]

  • Moose Harvest Strategies in South-Central BC - Frequently Asked Questions

    This FAQ document provides answers to some of the most common questions the Fish and Wildlife Branch receives from the public and stakeholders regarding the moose harvest strategies used in south-central British Columbia, including the Cariboo, Thompson, Okanagan, Kootenay, and Omineca Regions. It also explains the Ministry’s science-based harvest management practices that are designed to ensure moose management objectives are being achieved.

    Moose Harvest Strategies in South-Central BC - Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 337KB]

  • 2014 Provincial Ungulate Numbers

    The following table shows the most recent regional ungulate population estimates and their trends in British Columbia. The estimates are based on the best available information compiled by regional wildlife staff. While these estimates are useful to assess broad population levels and trends, they are not the primary source of information used in setting hunting seasons. Rather, area-specific inventories, harvest data and analyses are used to determine sustainable hunting opportunities.

    British Columbia Ungulate Species Regional Population Estimates and Status [PDF 30KB]

  • Review of Alternative Moose Harvest Strategies in Game Management Zone (GMZ) 5B
    (East Cariboo)

    In 2010 the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations, now the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, committed to an evaluation of alternative harvest strategies for moose in the east Cariboo area, Game Management Zone 5B (GMZ 5B), for the 2012-2016 allocation period. This document outlines the process executed by ministry staff in that evaluation. Read more [PDF 337KB]

    Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 337KB]
    This FAQ document provides answers to several questions and concerns that have been expressed from stakeholders regarding the status and harvest management options for moose in GMZ 5B, as described in the above document.

    Letter to First Nations and Stakeholders [PDF 148KB]
    The letter to First Nations and stakeholders with regard to information respecting a biological assessment of moose harvest management options in Game Management Zone 5B (Management Units 5-01 and 5-02). The letter and briefing note [PDF 332KB] describes the process used to develop the biological assessment and describes the preliminary findings.

  • Serpentine Wildlife Management Area - Management Plan

    This document contains a preliminary draft update to the management plan for the Serpentine Wildlife Management Area. The update process is in the initial consultation phase with stakeholders and the public. The preliminary draft is provided to generate comments from the general public during an Open House on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Elgin Hall, 14250 Crescent Rd, Crescent Beach, Surrey, from 4pm to 8pm. This venue has changed from Beecher Place, which was announced earlier.

    Serpentine Management Plan April 2012 [PDF 2.75MB]

  • Kootenay (Region 4) Mule Deer Hunting Regulations - Frequently Asked Questions

    Hunters in the Kootenay Region have expressed many questions and concerns about the change in mule deer hunting regulations in 2010. Particularly, many hunters wondered why a month-long any-buck season was implemented across the region, and whether this hunt could be sustainable. We’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions, which you’ll find in the link below.

    Kootenay Mule Deer - Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 333KB]

  • Peace (Region 7B) Stone’s Sheep and the Allocation Policy - Frequently Asked Questions

    In December, 2011 the Regional Manager decided that Stone’s Sheep in the Peace Region would not be a Category A species and thereby no longer managed under the Harvest Allocation Policy. Resident hunters have expressed many questions and concerns about the decision. We’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions, which you’ll find in the link below.

    Peace (Region 7B) Stone's Sheep and the Allocation Policy - Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 333KB]

  • Draft Provincial Framework for Moose Management in British Columbia

    The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is currently developing a provincial framework for Moose Management in British Columbia. The purpose of the framework is to provide provincial direction for moose management and guide regional implementation of management actions. To see a draft copy of the framework click the link below.

    Draft Provincial Framework for Moose Management in British Columbia [2.22MB]

  • Draft Mule Deer Management Plan for Kootenay-Boundary

    The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) is preparing a mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) management plan for the Kootenay-Boundary Region. FLNRO staff used a structured decision making process to evaluate and make recommendations for mule deer hunting regulations for 2014-2018 and identified actions that may increase mule deer populations based on consultation and a review of the latest scientific knowledge. The draft management plan has been completed and can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

    Draft Mule Deer Plan for Kootenay-Boundary [PDF 2.45MB]

    Public comments are welcome until December 31st, 2013. Comments are appreciated and will be reviewed, but individuals will not be contacted for responses.

  • Management Plan for the Grey Wolf in British Columbia

    The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has developed a Management Plan for the Grey Wolf in British Columbia. The wolf management plan summarizes the best available scientific information on the biology and threats to the species, sets goals and objectives, and recommends approaches for wolf conservation and management. To see a copy of the plan click the link below.

    Management Plan for the Grey Wolf in British Columbia [PDF 1.38MB]

  • Draft Management Plan for Roosevelt Elk in British Columbia

    The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is currently developing a provincial plan for Roosevelt elk Management in British Columbia. The purpose of the plan is to provide provincial direction for Roosevelt elk management and guide implementation of the management objectives. To see a draft copy of the plan click the link below.

    Draft Management Plan for Roosevelt Elk in British Columbia [PDF 1.88MB]

    The public comment period has been extended to September 30, 2014. Comments are appreciated and will be reviewed, but individuals will not be contacted for responses.