A hunting group in the East Kootenay thinks vehicle restrictions in the backcountry should be in place 365 days a year.
The Province announced Tuesday they’ve set up perimeters in five areas where motor vehicles are being banned to protect wildlife.
They’re concerned this summer’s wildfires created more access for hunters to remotes habitats posing a risk to certain big game.
The prohibition runs September 1st to June 30th every year until further notice.
BC Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Chair Bill Hanlon, who is based in Cranbrook, says keeping people out of those areas entirely would be more effective.
“I just think that some of these areas were that heavily damaged and new roads pushed in that some of these areas could use year round closures,” Hanlon says. “Wildlife requires quiet summer range in order to thrive, in order to get healthy and survive the winters.”
Hanlon thinks the bans will help diversify future hunting opportunities.
“I think after the wildfires and the devastation that’s occurred, access management is an effective tool to help our wildlands recover,” Hanlon says. “Access management reduces wildlife vulnerability, it increases habitat effectiveness.”
The restrictions covers wildfire terrain near the White River and Bull River, Linklater Creek, Soowa Mountain, Lamb Creek and Island Pond.
– BC Hunters and Anglers Chair, Bill Hanlon