The count first began several years ago after the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations received complaints from local farmers and ranchers about wildlife communities causing agricultural crop damage, according to Conrad Thiessen, a wildlife biologist. The Ministry wanted to change hunting regulations for certain wildlife populations, but first had to collect information on specific species population densities.
The region has been sectioned into survey blocks, to help keep an accurate count of wildlife in the Peace Region. The more data collected the better, so there will be prizes as incentives to volunteer a couple hours of your time.
Volunteers are asked to sign up for one of the two days at Backcountry or by contacting Julie Kline at the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations at 250-787-3294 or email at [email protected]