Replace Pink Mountain Caribou General Open Season with Limited Entry

Regulation Number: 
2020-07-03
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 7B - Peace
MU: 
7-42
7-47
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Limited Entry Hunting
Species: 
Caribou
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: 

GENERAL OPEN SEASON

Caribou

7-42, 7-50 to 7-54, 7-57

*5 Point Bulls

Aug 15 - Sept 30

1

▲ Restricted to a portion of MU 7-57

Proposed Regulations: 

GENERAL OPEN SEASON

Caribou

7-50 to 7-54

*5 Point Bulls

Aug 15 - Sept 30

1

LIMITED ENTRY HUNTING

Peace               7-42, 7-57       Aug 15 – Sept 30        5 pt bulls

Rationale: 

Northern Mountain Caribou are Threatened under the Species at Risk Act and a Special Concern species under COSEWIC.

The Pink Mountain herd is believed to be declining with a population estimate of 350 individuals, low bull:cow (24:100) and low calf:cow ratios (23:100). Predator control was implemented in 2018 to support the herd’s recovery and address one source of mortality. The data suggest that the current harvest rate is approximately 2% of the population rather than the 1% recommended. First Nation communities have expressed concern over the continued licensed caribou harvest and potential adverse impacts to the herd’s survival. An LEH would allow wildlife managers more control over the number of harvested animals. The AAH will be 3 caribou/year. Compulsory inspections are mandatory for caribou, enabling managers to adjust the LEH authorizations as needed to remain within sustainable limits. 

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