Wolf Hunting Season

Proposal Number: 
Region 3 - Thompson-Nicola
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Closing Date: 
Jan 31, 2016
Decision Statement: 

This regulation was approved as proposed and will be included in the 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Current Regulations: 


3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-33          Sept 10-June 15              3

3-34 to 3-44                                  Aug 1-June 15               NBL

Proposed Regulations: 


3-17, 3-26 to 3-44                    No Closed Season       NBL

3-12 to 3-16, 3-18 to 3-20      Sep 10- June 15            3


In British Columbia the wolf population is assessed as secure by the Conservation Data Centre and is not considered a species at risk. Under the Wildlife Actthe wolf is classified as a big game species. The approved Provincial Wolf Management Plan has identified management actions that are deemed necessary, based on the best available information, to manage wolf populations in British Columbia. The plan has four key core objectives. This regulation change balances those four core objectives.[1]Notably minimizing impacts on livestock by wolves and managing specific packs or individuals where predation is likely preventing the recovery of species at risk, e.g. Mountain Caribou. The median wolf population estimate for the Thompson Region is 445 animals. Anecdotal evidence from hunters, trappers, guides, the Conservation Officer Service (COS), and observations of wolves by regional biologists suggest wolf populations continue to increase in size and distribution in most areas of the region. This regulation change will enable increased opportunities for hunters while ensuring self-sustaining populations continue to persist throughout the species range within the Thompson Region.

[1]Approved Provincial  Wolf Management Plan: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/management-issues/docs/grey_wolf_management_plan.pdf