Winter Motor Vehicle Closed Area on Netalzul Mountain

Regulation Number: 
2020-06-08
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 6 - Skeena
MU: 
6-8
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: 

N/A

Proposed Regulations: 

Areas above 1500 m elevation on Netalzul Mountain closed to motorized vehicles from October 1 to April 30.

Rationale: 

Goat numbers within and around the Netalzul complex appear to be increasing at this time (based on population inventories for MU 6-08D). In 1999, the population was estimated at 49 individuals, and most recently (2017) estimated at 81 individuals.

Mountain goats appear to be more reactive to disturbance than other ungulates. The effects of motorized disturbance can range from increased vigilance, to a flight response, and to range abandonment. The snowmobile activity in the alpine on Netalzul Mountain appears to be relatively recent, with the B.C. Mountain Goat Society observing snowmobile tracks leading from the Nilkitkwa Forest Service Road to the alpine starting in 2016. In addition to the increased noise disturbance that can negatively impact mountain goats, the motorized activity on wind-scoured terrain can also damage alpine vegetation that may provide winter forage to goats. Based on GPS locations of goats currently collared on the Netalzul Mountain complex, the area above the 1500 m elevation contour was identified as encompassing most of the goat winter range. This contour would overlap the area observed to be used by snowmobiles and would prevent access to alpine and mountain goats on their winter range.

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