New wildlife policies aren’t needed

I am extremely concerned about the recent changes to the B.C. Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy.

To the Editor,

I am extremely concerned about the recent changes to the B.C. Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy that were announced on Dec. 10.

B.C. resident hunting permit numbers are being severely reduced for certain big game species.

There is no justification for this new policy change whatsoever that allocates an unprecedented  and imbalanced proportion of hunting permits to guide outfitters and their foreign hunting clients. I understand that this policy is not consistent with any other jurisdiction respecting proportion allocation of permits between resident hunters and guide outfitters.

We work hard through our annual hunting licence and permit fees, local hunting clubs and the British Columbia Wildlife Federation membership fees to fund B.C. wildlife management of populations and habitat enhancement.

It is outrageous that the provincial government has made this very unfair policy change. All resident B.C. hunters need to write their local MLAs and the minister responsible for this unfair policy change demand that it be immediately repealed.

David RossNanaimo

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