The Province released a draft Management Plan for the Grey Wolf in British Columbia in November 2012. The plan proposed a balanced approach to wolf management in B.C., which ensures a self-sustaining population where wolves can fulfil their ecological role, and meet the cultural, recreational, and economic needs of society.
The B.C. government is committed to ensuring sustainable wildlife populations and healthy predator-prey relationships throughout the province. The government is also committed to helping stakeholders, ranchers and First Nations manage the impacts of wolves on livestock and protecting endangered species.
The plan indicated wolf populations are likely stable or increasing across the province and are not considered “at-risk”. The wolf population was estimated to be approximately 8,500, which is similar to an earlier estimate of 8,100 in 1991.
Species management plans, such as the wolf management plan, summarize the best available science-based information on the biology and threats to the species and inform the development of a management framework. They set goals and objectives, and recommend approaches appropriate for species or ecosystem conservation.
Public comments were reviewed by the Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Management Branch before the wolf management plan was finalized.
November 14 to December 5, 2012
The draft Management Plan for the Grey Wolf in B.C. resulted in more than 3,200 responses that spanned a wide range of perspectives. The plan was amended to address many recurring comments that were made throughout the consultation process.
Input leads to action:
In April 2014, the Province released its finalized Management Plan for the Grey Wolf in British Columbia.