Wolf Trapping Season on Private Land

Proposal Number: 
2086
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 3 - Thompson-Nicola
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Species: 
Wolf
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: 

Wolf     

3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-33, 3-34 to 3-44     Oct 15-Mar 31

Proposed Regulations: 

Wolf     

3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-33, 3-34 to 3-44**      Oct 15-Mar 31

 ** There is no closed season for wolf in MUs 3-12 to 3-13, 3-17 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-33, 3-35 to 3-42, restricted to private land only and use of modified leg hold traps only from Apr 1 to Oct 14. Private land is defined as land that is not Crown land; and that government does not have a vested interest. E.g. does not apply to Crown grazing lease.

Rationale: 

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 furbearer species. The wolf is considered a class three furbearer species and deemed less vulnerable to over-trapping. 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. As stated in the Provincial Wolf Management Plan, this regulation change supports the implementation of a two-zone system in an effort to minimize impacts on livestock by wolves in a manner that does not jeopardize conservation objectives. This regulation change will also apply to management units occupied by Mountain Caribou and will help address threats where predation is likely preventing recovery. This is also supported by the Provincial Wolf Management Plan. The median wolf population estimate for the Thompson Region is 445 animals. This regulation change will not pose a conservation risk to the persistence of wolf populations within the Thompson Region.