Harmonize Coyote Hunting Season

Regulation Number: 
2020-03-04
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 3 - Thompson
MU: 
3-26
3-27
3-28
3-29
3-30
3-31
3-32
3-33
3-34
3-35
3-36
3-37
3-38
3-39
3-40
3-41
3-42
3-43
3-44
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Species: 
Coyote
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: 

COYOTE

3-17, 3-31, 3-32

Sept 1 - June 30

NBL

 

3-12 to 3-16, 3-18 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-30, 3-33 to 3-44

Sept 1 - Mar 31

NBL

Proposed Regulations: 

COYOTE

3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44

Sept 1 - June 30

NBL

Rationale: 

This proposal will harmonize the coyote hunting season within the Thompson Region resulting in less complexity and additional hunter opportunity. Coyote populations are listed as secure by the Conservation Data Centre and this regulation change is very unlikely to pose a conservation risk. If approved the hunting season would align with Region 8 (Okanagan Region).

Coyote has expanded its range into almost all habitats that support prey populations, from remote boreal forests and alpine tundra to rural and urban areas. This expansion, which has occurred throughout North America, is likely related to new habitat opportunities created by human activities that have opened the forest landscape and possibly also to a warming climate (Hatter 2008). Based upon fur harvest return records and information from hunters and trappers the coyote population remains robust. Coyotes have high reproductive potential, low rates of natural mortality, and a high dispersal capability. The combination of those features results in an ability to withstand harvest rates of more than 75 percent and, adding the species’ intelligence and adeptness at avoiding hunters and traps, the net result is a low likelihood of overharvesting.

Hatter- http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/trapping/docs/coyote.pdf

Coyote hunting in B.C. abides by principles regarding the legitimate use of harvested animals: hunters that harvest a coyote must remove the edible portions and/or the hide.

Additional Information: 

The most recent available fur harvest records suggest a stable coyote harvest in Region 3 over the previous 10 years (Figure 1), although no effort is recorded. To assess the impact of the proposed season, change on the coyote population we plan to relate annual fur records to the corresponding fluctuation in fur prices. In the event coyote harvest decreases 50% or more compared to the previous 3-year average, without a corresponding decrease in the price of furs, we will consider reverting to the current regulation structure. No formal surveys for coyotes have occurred in the Province of British Columbia.