FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Liberal caucus plans to host a virtual roundtable to discuss proposed changes to hunting regulations in the Peace.
The free event will allow residents concerned about the proposed changes to provide feedback to the official opposition, according to its Eventbrite page.
The proposed regulations would see the closure of all licensed caribou hunts in the Peace and put moose hunts in the region on the limited entry hunting draw system, intending to decrease the number of moose taken by licensed hunters by 50 percent while also decreasing the number of licensed moose hunters by the same percentage.
The province claims that the proposed changes aim to address the ability of Treaty 8 First Nations to continue their way of life. It also looks to address impacts from industrial development highlighted in the Supreme Court of B.C.’s ruling in favour of Blueberry River First Nation last year.
They add that the proposed hunting regulations are an interim measure and only one part of a broader package of actions specific to improving wildlife stewardship, upholding Treaty rights, habitat conservation, and the future of resource management.
However, many are concerned about the proposed changes, including the B.C. Wildlife Federation.
“Sustainable Caribou and Moose hunting in the Peace-Liard currently supports 5,957 resident hunters and their families, who spend a combined 56,000 days enjoying Supernatural B.C.,” the federation said.
The federation added that British Columbians also put more than $18.4 million in hunting-related expenditures.
MLA Dan Davies has also encouraged residents to provide feedback on the regulation changes.
The Liberal roundtable will be held on Wednesday, March 30th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
To register for the event, click here.