Galton Range Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
Regulation Type: 
Motor Vehicle Restrictions
All species
Closing Date: 
January 23, 2022 at midnight
Decision Statement: 


Current Regulations: 

The current Motor Vehicle Prohibition map for the Galton Range can be found at

Proposed Regulations: 

All current seasonally open road dates to be modified limiting motor vehicle use of these roads through the mule deer migration (October 21- November 10), with the Red Canyon seasonally open road remaining open to designated location (49°9.704’N 115°5.624’W) September 1- June 15.


Change is required due to large habitat enhancement project improving wildlife habitat and drawing wildlife putting them at risk due to motorized hunting pressure in areas with improved habitat and enhanced sightlines


The proposed regulation changes are intended to reduce access-related impacts on regionally important wildlife species (grizzly bear, mule deer, bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat and elk) following habitat modifications. Avoid impacts to Wildlife Habitat Areas.

The original rationale for the development of this Motor Vehicle Closed Area (MVCA) considered the positive impacts of restricted motorized use for the benefit of mule deer, Bighorn sheep and elk winter range. Habitat capability mapping also shows this MVCA supports grizzly bear, moose, and mountain goat habitat. Additional considerations include Westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout habitat, which benefits from motor vehicle restrictions by way of reduced sedimentation into breeding habitat, and reduced risk of riparian habitat degradation. This area also supports numerous Wildlife Habitat Areas (WHAs) for Western Screech Owl and Gillette’s Checkerspot.