BC United responds to hunting regulation changes

VICTORIA (May 15, 2024) – BC United Shadow Minister for Water, Land, and Resource Stewardship, Lorne Doerkson, has issued the following statement regarding the NDP government’s changes to the Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Regulation and Hunting Regulation:

“We stand with the British Columbia Wildlife Federation in opposition to these new regulations. The NDP government has abandoned transparent science-based decision-making, opting for decisions driven by politics. British Columbia is among the least-crowded hunting jurisdictions in North America, yet these changes significantly restrict hunting in the Skeena Region. This could undermine the sustainability of hunting traditions and adversely impact local economies that heavily rely on hunting-related activities.

“On one hand this government requires more hunting opportunities to collect data on the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD), and yet on the other, this government continues to ignore science-based wildlife management.

“The NDP must balance the needs of all British Columbians who value and depend on outdoor recreational activities like hunting and fishing.

“I urge the government to re-evaluate these changes and engage with the BC Wildlife Federation, First Nations, and key stakeholders. We need wildlife management policies that are balanced, effective, and grounded in scientific evidence, and not swayed by political agendas.”

BC United has consistently advocated for a science-based approach to wildlife management. Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka East has repeatedly introduced the Wildlife Amendment Act which aims to establish a new, independent funding model for wildlife and habitat management to preserve our wildlife populations for the future. However, the NDP has continually refused to call the bill for debate.