Lang Creek Motor Vehicle Prohibition

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-35
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-34
Regulation Type: 
Motor Vehicle Restrictions
Species: 
All
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: 

Lang Creek

82  Effective year round in that portion of M.U. 4-34 outlined in red on the attached Map No. 1-76/12.

Proposed Regulations: 

Establishment of a seasonal open snowmobile area, open December 1- March 31 to align with the Golden Snowmobile Commercial Recreation Tenure area with the remainder of the regulation area remaining non-motorized to align with the Golden Backcountry Recreation Access Plan, see map here 

Rationale: 

The proposed regulation changes are intended to (1) include a seasonally open snowmobile area for recreational purposes that align with local recreation access plan.

Habitat capability mapping shows that this area contains high value mountain goat and grizzly bear habitat. Snowmobiles are capable of covering a large amount of ground over great distances, and therefore the effects of snowmobile-related disturbances are far-reaching. Mountain goat populations have declined in response to human disturbance through habitat abandonment and increased stress. Grizzly bears are most susceptible to snowmobile disturbance in mid to late spring when females with cubs emerge from dens and have limited mobility.

Additional Information: 

A subset of literature that supports the benefits of motor vehicle restrictions for grizzly bears and other wildlife species is provided below:

Dood, A. R., Brannon, R. D., & Mace, R. D. 1986. Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement: The Grizzly Bear in Northwestern Montana, Summary. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Forman, R. T., Friedman, D. S., Fitzhenry, D., Martin, J. D., Chen, A. S., & Alexander, L. E. 1997. Ecological effects of roads: toward three summary indices and an overview for North America. See Ref, 21, 40-54.

Mountain Goat Management Team. 2010. Management Plan for the Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) in British Columbia. Prepared for the B.C. Ministry of Environment, Victoria, B.C. 87pp. [http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/recovery/management_plans/MtGoat_MP_Final_28May2010.pdf]

Proctor, M. F., B. N. McLellan, G. B. Stenhouse, G. Mowat, C. T. Lamb & M. A. Boyce. (2018). Resource Roads and Grizzly Bears in British Columbia and Alberta. Canadian Grizzly Bear Management Series, Resource Road Management. Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project. Kaslo, BC, Canada. http://transbordergrizzlybearproject.ca/research/publications.html