Region 7b Limited Entry Hunt Proposal

The Wild Sheep Society of BC is disheartened to learn that wildlife is once again being used as a bargaining chip. It has come to our attention, along with many concerned stake and title holders across the province that the BC government is making secret deals, with the end goal of putting the entire Region of 7B Peace under moose limited entry, and a complete closure of caribou hunting.

These proposed decisions have been made in blatant contradiction to the Vision, Principles & Goals of Together for Wildlife, the Provincial Wildlife Management Strategy. It is unacceptable that in the adolescence of the Strategy’s implementation its Vision, Principles and Goals are being disregarded in decision making. Instead of upholding these, the proposed decisions are being made under social values, instead of science and evidence-based management and dealing with the cumulative effects of resource extraction.

The WSSBC maintains that it is our intent to recognize and support the rights and title of First Nations in the province and has and will continue to work alongside them on projects.  The province needs to put an immediate stop to using wildlife as a pawn in social management decisions that only fuel divisiveness. The division created when we only manage access to wildlife, rather than manage wildlife is unacceptable when the province is committed to implementing Together for Wildlife.

This agreement goes farther than hunting.  This affects everyone that uses the outdoors, including hikers, anglers, campers and all who love to embrace the beautiful backcountry. It is imperative to the sustainability of wildlife and habitat, and outdoor recreation that land use decisions, and their associated management plans do not occur in the shadows.

It is critical to sound, successful stewardship that the province supports organizations like ours in building bridges between Stakeholder, Non-Governmental Conservation Organizations and First Nations in pursuit of bettering shared values, rather than place us at ends with one another.

We encourage everyone that is concerned by this to engage their MLA and voice their thoughts in a rational and intelligent manner.

 

What can I do to help?

STEP 1

Go to:

https://apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca/ahte/content/close-peace-caribou-hunts-and-reduce-peace-moose-hunts-region-wide

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO COMPLETE THIS SURVEY.

Next, Fill out the form where it says “STEP 1 LOCATED HERE” .  An email will be sent with your name and email to BC FLNRORD Minister Conroy, Minister of State for Natural Resource Operations Nathan Cullen, the MLA that represents you (as selected in the dropdown menu) and Premier Horgan.  We will use the message in the letter below the form to send your message to our elected officials.

STEP 2

Send an additional physical letter to your elected officials Click the link HERE to find your MLA- all you need is your postal code.

A template letter can be downloaded, edited and printed at: EDIT FORM LETTER HERE

Please ensure you fill out the ONLINE letter as well.

STEP 3

Meet with your MLA in person- and continue this engagement. We know from past experience, that these are the most effective ways to drive change.

STEP 4

Volunteer to assist the Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia on our Government Engagement network.  We have a goal of having 87 WSSBC member representatives in each riding across the province meet biannually with their elected MLA.  Send an email to exec@wildsheepsociety.com indicating your desire to join our Government Engagement network.

We urge you to engage your elected officials and let them know that socially managing wildlife is not acceptable, and that wildlife is not a pawn to gain electoral favour. We know that petitions are pushed aside, and that we need to engage on a deeper level.

The future of sound wildlife management depends on your action.

Please join us and call on your MLA and B.C. cabinet ministers to not socially manage wildlife, and to instead rely on the science presented by our biologists.

Your letter will be sent to your B.C. MLA and cc’d to B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Katrine Conroy; and Minister of State for Lands, Premier Horgan and Natural Resource Operations, Nathan Cullen.

Region 7b LEH

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Content of the letter sent to elected officials

Dear (Minister, MLA),

I am writing to express my grave concern about the province’s decision to significantly reduce hunting opportunities for licensed hunters of moose and caribou in the Peace Region (7b). It is deeply worrying that the BC government is prioritizing resource extraction over resident hunters and outdoor recreation.

There is no conservation rationale for the government’s approach. The Peace region has the highest density moose populations in the province. The province’s own data indicates hunting is sustainable and that licensed hunter harvest is extremely low. The province seems willing to negotiate licensed BC hunters away in favour of Site C, logging, and oil and gas.

The decision sets a worrying precedent for resident hunters and their families in Region 7b and other regions of BC. If the province is willing to cut BC resident hunter access so significantly where there is no scientifically demonstrated need and where wildlife populations are in fact extremely robust, should resident hunters expect similar closures in other regions?

As a British Columbian, I am deeply concerned that the province is negotiating away opportunities for sustainable hunting instead of confronting the cumulative effects of unsustainable resource extraction.

Yours In Conservation,

(Your name here)

(Your email here)

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WSSBC Position Statement

Background Information on Region 7b LEH

Contact the Ministers Wildlife Advisory Council

Pleaser consider the Ministers Wildlife Advisory Council’ Contact Us page for an avenue to submit questions/requests for guidance on the issue, and how the approach to this decision should be better on the variety of fronts raised so far. 

https://www.ministerswildlifeadvisory.ca/

ENGAGEMENT BACKGROUNDER PEACE REGION (Region7B) WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

The Province is working on a suite of hunting regulations and management actions for implementing the necessary measures towards meeting the Crown’s obligations coming out of the Yahey vs. BC (June 29, 2021) decision. Treaties are solemn exchanges of promises and the Treaty rights guaranteed by them are constitutionally-protected. Government is required to honourably and diligently carry out these promises. These proposed hunting regulations, which are intended for the 2022 season, are aimed at addressing the ability of Treaty 8 First Nations to continue their way of life and begin to address the impacts of industrial development of the rights guaranteed in this Treaty. The proposed hunting regulation changes are an interim measure and only one part of a broader package of actions specific to improving wildlife stewardship, upholding Treaty rights, and habitat conservation and the future of resource management. Any new hunting regulations will be reviewed after two years as part of the next regular hunting regulation cycle. This review will be informed by the new information collected through compulsory reporting, new inventories, and research inclusive of Indigenous knowledge. Significant new funding will be invested in wildlife management to support this work and ensure a collaborative path going forward. Stakeholder feedback is an important part of implementing these measures in the best possible way to increase the hunting opportunities and/or improve the hunting experience for all hunters (Indigenous and licensed) in the Peace in a manner consistent with the Crown’s Treaty obligations.

Full details can be seen HERE

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