Hunters call for transparency after recent changes to caribou and moose harvest rules

By Isaac Phan Nay
CBC News
June 3, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Several hunters are speaking out against the provincial government’s recent changes to reduce caribou and moose hunting in northern British Columbia. Hunting regulations are reviewed by the provincial government every two years and the move to cut the number of recreational and commercial caribou and moose hunters in B.C.’s northwest were announced on May 10. However, some hunters say it’s not clear why the changes were made. “I really don’t think they’re going to address the issue that they need to address,” said Richard Wale, a recreational hunter in Salmon Arm. But Peter Lee, with the Water, Land and Resource Stewardship Ministry, defended the move. The changes aim to support sustainable hunting now and for the long term, he said. “Regulations for moose and caribou in the Northwest support advancing reconciliation through deeper collaboration, weaving of Indigenous knowledge and science to achieve shared objectives, and working together with hunters and the community,” he said.

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