Change Mountain Goat GOS in MU 4-36 and Portion of 4-37 to LEH

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-06
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-36
4-37
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Limited Entry Hunting
Species: 
Mountain Goat
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: 

Mountain Goat

4-28 to 4-30, 4-36, 4-37, 4-39, 4-40

Sept 10 - Nov 30

Proposed Regulations: 

Replace the General Open Season (GOS) in MU 4-36 and a portion of 4-37 with Limited Entry Hunting (LEH):

 

General Open Season

Mountain Goat

4-28 to 4-30, *4-37, 4-39, 4-40

Sept 10 - Nov 30

*North and west of Windy Creek

Limited Entry Hunting

Mountain Goat

4-36

A

Sept 10 - Nov 30

Adult

Mountain Goat

4-36

B

Sept 10 – Nov 30

Adult

Mountain Goat

4-37

A

Sept 10 – Nov 30

Adult

Rationale: 

The Provincial Mountain Goat Harvest Management Procedure, based off of the Management Plan for the Mountain Goat (Oreamnos Americanus) in British Columbia, recommends an Annual Allowable Harvest (AAH) rate of not more than 3% of the estimated population size (2% if the population is between 50 and 100 goats), and a maximum 25-30% females in the harvest (<25% for populations between 50 and 100 goats).

The average harvest rates and/or female component of the harvest, from 2010-2018, in MUs 4-36 and the southern portion of MU 4-37 have been exceeded:

  • MU 4-36: Average annual harvest rate of 3.4%, female component of the harvest is 29%.
  • MU 4-37 (southern portion): Average annual harvest rate of 2.8%, female component of the harvest is 37%.

In addition, recent timber harvesting has improved access by either upgrading existing roads or building new roads, the impact of which could result in increased hunter access and additional hunting pressure. Returning these units to LEH and issuing a quota for guide outfitter would allow biologists to more closely control harvest.

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