Bag limit could be removed on wolf hunting in Peace Region

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The B.C. government could soon be to removing the bag limit for wolf hunting in the Peace Region.

The proposal, which calls wolves an ‘abundant predator species in B.C.,’ also would see no closed season for hunting wolves.

Right now, the limit on the amount of wolves a hunter can kill is three — and wolf hunting is in season nearly all year, closing only from June 15 until August 15.

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The Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations posted the proposal to the government website last week.

“Verbal reports from many stakeholders and First Nations in the Peace region suggest that the wolf population in the Northeast appears to be very high, relative to levels in recent history,” reads the proposal, carrying on to state that increased wolf populations can have ‘negative impacts on wild ungulates as well as cattle.’

About 275 wolves are hunted and trapped annually in the Peace Region, according to data from 2000 to 2010. This is equal to about 14 per cent of the conservative estimate of 2,000 wolves in this region, says the Ministry.

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The decision is pending, and the proposal’s closing date is Dec. 31, 2015.

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