Compulsory Inspection for Trapped Wolverine

Regulation Number: 
2020-03-01
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 3 - Thompson
MU: 
3-12
3-13
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3-20
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3-38
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3-41
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3-46
Regulation Type: 
Trapping
Species: 
Wolverine
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: 

All wolverine trapped in Regions 1, 2, 4, and 8 must be submitted to the province for Compulsory Inspection. There is no requirement to submit wolverine trapped in Region 3, however trappers are required to report wolverine harvest.

Proposed Regulations: 

Add Region 3 to the list of regions subject to Compulsory Inspection for trapped wolverine.

Rationale: 

Wolverine is a species of conservation concern and was listed under Schedule 1 of the federal Species at Risk at in July 2018 (Special Concern; Blue-listed). Recent research conducted in southwestern British Columbia and southeastern Alberta showed that current wolverine harvest levels are unsustainable in those areas.

Unfortunately, wolverine abundance data are scarce in Region 3 so it is not possible to estimate harvest rate region wide. However, available harvest data from royalty records suggest a much lower wolverine harvest than in the southwestern British Columbia and southeastern Alberta study area. Within known wolverine habitat in Region 3 (approximately 40,000 km2) harvest averaged 3 wolverine/year between 2008-2016. Comparison of wolverine trapper harvest records between Kootenay research area and the Thompson Region would suggest trapping of wolverines is not a conservation issue for the Thompson Region. Therefore, we are not considering season closures. However, we are proposing to obtain further information by introducing Compulsory Inspection for harvested wolverine throughout Region 3, this allows for the collection of additional information from harvested animals that is important from a management perspective (i.e. sex, age, and size).