Black Bear Hunting in Coastal Bear Viewing Areas

Regulation Number: 
2020-05-10
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 5 - Cariboo
Region 6 - Skeena
MU: 
5-9
6-3
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Species: 
Black Bear
Closing Date: 
January 19, 2020 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

This regulation was approved as proposed and is included in the 2020-2022 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Current Regulations: 

Management Unit 5-9: black bear general open season from Apr. 1-June 30 (spring season) and Sept. 1-Nov. 30 (fall season).

Management Unit 6-3: black bear general open season from Apr. 1-June 30 (spring season) and Aug. 15-Nov. 30 (fall season).

There is no open season for black bears in those portions of MU 6-3 being Gribbell Island, Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy on Princess Royal Island, within 1 km of the Whalen Estuary on Princess Royal Island).

Proposed Regulations: 

Management Unit 5-9: Prohibit black bear hunting in Mussel Inlet and shorten the spring season from Apr. 1-June 30 to Apr. 1-30 and the fall season from Sept 1-Nov. 30 to Oct. 16-Nov 30 within 1km of the Korich River, Kainet River, Lard River, and Salmon Bay.

Management Unit 6-3: Shorten the spring season from Apr. 1-June 30 to Apr. 1-30 and the fall season from Aug. 15 1-Nov. 30 to Oct. 16-Nov 30 within 1km of Bolin Bay, Butedale, Green Lagoon, and Khutze Estuary.

Click here to see a map of the proposed black bear hunting regulation changes.

Rationale: 

The areas proposed for shortened black bear hunting seasons include Butedale River, Khutze Estuary, Green Lagoon, Bolin Bay, Mussel Inlet Special Management Area, Korich River, Kainet River, Lard River, and Salmon Bay. A year-round black bear hunting closure is proposed for the Mussel Inlet Special Management Area in Fiordland Conservancy to align with the Laiq (Mussel Inlet) Bear-viewing operational plan (2019-2023).

The areas are all in the traditional territory of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation.  They are in a remote part of the Great Bear Rainforest, accessed only by boat or float plane.  The closure areas are being proposed by the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation and are identified as priority areas in the Nation’s tourism planning. The proposed areas also receive high-use from other commercial operators.

The proposed closures are proposed to maintain effective bear viewing in important areas, reduce potential human-wildlife conflict and reduce overlap, spatially and temporally, with bear viewing operations.