Kluachesi Mountain Goat - Replace General Open Season with LEH

Regulation Number: 
2020-07-02
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 7B - Peace
MU: 
7-51
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: 

There is currently an Aug 25 to Oct 15 general open season for mountain goat in MU 7-51.

Proposed Regulations: 

Replace the general open season for mountain goat in 7-51 with LEH.

Rationale: 

Currently, mountain goats are harvested in a GOS from August 25 to October 15 in MU 7-51. The Kluachesi Population Management Unit was surveyed in 2017; the population estimate was 114 and the kid to adult ratio was 23 kids per 100 adults. Since 2015, the annual harvest rate has been exceeding the target harvest rate of 3% recommended for a population this size (BC Mountain Goat Harvest Procedure). For the 2015-2018 period, the average annual harvest was 9 mountain goats, which equates to a harvest rate of 7.9%.

Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development proposes to close the GOS and open an LEH. This will allow for more control over the number of mountain goats harvested. The season dates will remain the same (August 25 to October 15). An LEH will allow close monitoring of the harvest and achieve the target harvest recommended by the provincial guidelines. The AAH will be two (2) goats (2% of the population) which will be reassessed yearly after implementation. Maintaining relatively few authorizations through LEH, and low quota for the overlapping guide-outfitters will ensure that the harvest level is within sustainable levels.

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