Hunter Compulsory Inspection & Reporting

In order to comply with the British Columbia Wildlife Act and hunting regulations, hunters must have certain game species inspected by a provincial inspector.

Information gathered from inspections is submitted for the purposes of data collection and enforcement. The species required to be inspected will vary by region or management unit (MU).

Compulsory Wildlife Inspections

Compulsory inspected species must be submitted to an inspector within 30 days of the kill for the purpose of taking measurements or parts of the animal required for management.

More information on the animal parts required can be found on page 21 of the most recent Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Instructions on how to extract an incisor tooth from an animal:

Compulsory inspectors will not complete the inspection unless all information and parts are submitted and able to be collected. Hunters are requested to submit unfrozen wildlife parts.

Hunters are not in legal possession of the wildlife unless they comply with compulsory inspection requirements. See the Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for clarification.

The following species of game must be submitted to a regional compulsory inspection centre:

  • Black bear on Haida Gwaii (MU 6-12 & 6-13)
  • Mountain goat
  • Cougar
  • Mountain sheep
  • Caribou
  • Elk in Regions 1 & 2 and MUs 4-08, 4-09, 4-14 to 4-17, 4-31 to 4-33, 4-38, 6-4, 6-8 and 6-9
  • Moose in Regions: 3 (spike-fork bull under the GOS only), 4 and 8 and MUs 5-03 to 5-06, 5-10 to 5-14, MU 6-19 to 6-29, portion of 7-52 (see Map F52)
  • Lynx in Region 4
  • Bobcat in Region 4
  • Wolf in Region 4

Regional Inspection Stations

Compulsory inspections for hunter harvest are provided through qualified compulsory inspectors throughout B.C.

The information obtained through inspections helps the Provincial Government to base decisions about wildlife management on sound science. All information an inspector receives on behalf of the province is confidential.

Find a contract compulsory inspector from regions listed below.

Compulsory inspection stations are open by appointment only.


Region 1: Vancouver Island

General information:

Nanaimo Regional Office
Telephone: 250 751-7220

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Contact: Wayne Zaccarelli
Telephone: 250 382-8502

Contact: Kim Brunt
E-mail: (primary contact) 
Telephone: 250 390-3951

Campbell River
Contact: John Todd
Telephone: 250 337-5949

Bella Coola
Contact Nanaimo Regional Office for instructions
Telephone: 250 751-7220


Region 2: Lower Mainland

General information:

Surrey Regional Office
Telephone: 604 586-4400

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Eastern Lower Mainland
Contact: Jamie Reynolds
High Caliber Adventures
Telephone: 604 819-2016

Western Lower Mainland
Contact: Maurice Jenkins
Telephone: 604 970-4449

Contact: Nathan Webb
Telephone: 604 815-9035

Sunshine Coast
Contact: Mike Veen
Telephone: 604 886-0115


Region 3: Thompson

General information:

Kamloops Regional Office
Telephone: 250 371-6200

Contact: Chris Procter
Telephone: 250 371-6250

Contact: Sean O'Donovan
Telephone: 250 371-6270

Contact: Francis Iredale
Telephone: 250 371-6241


Region 4: Kootenay

General information:

Cranbrook Regional Office
Telephone: 250 489-8540

Nelson Subregional Office
Telephone: 250 354-6333

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Contact: Gary Babcock
Telephone: 250 421-3575

Contact: Jason Cameron
Telephone: 250 814-8725

Contact: Lawrence Umsonst
Telephone: 250-342-1216
Available from April 1st to  November 30th only.

Radium Hot Springs
Contact: Kent Kebe
Telephone: 250-342-5601
Available from December 1st to March 31st only.

Contact: Don Patterson
Telephone: 250 425-2550

Contact: James Henry Scown
Telephone: 250 265-4137

Contact: Dustin Oakley
Telephone: 250 402-8132

Contact: Pasquale (Lino) Grifone
Telephone: 250 365-6327



Region 5: Cariboo

General information:

Williams Lake Regional Office
Telephone: 250 398-4530 or 250 398-4345 

Contract Compulsory Inspectors:

100 Mile House
Jerry Faulkner

Michael Pelchat

Alexis Creek
Alan Madley (moose only)

Alternative Compulsory Inspections:

Williams Lake FLNRO Office

Pat Dielman
Telephone: 250 398-4561

Shane White
Telephone: 250 398-4553

100 Mile House FLNRO Office

Daniel Lirette
Telephone: 250 395-7884

Bella Coola
Contact Region 1 (Nanaimo) office for instructions


Region 6: Skeena

General information:

Smithers Regional Office
Telephone: 250 847-7260
Fax: 250 847-7728

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Hours of work BY APPOINTMENT – CI Contractors are not required to be available if an appointment has not been made 24 hours prior to a designated time period.

Haida Gwaii
Only available for CI of black bear harvested in MU's 6-12 & 6-13. This office is not able to inspect any other species.
Contact: Village of Queen Charlotte
Telephone: 250 559-6200

Contact: Tom Smith
Telephone: 250 847-4125
Available by appointment only

Contact: Paul Rusch
Telephone: 250 615-1101

Contact: Jacquie Hanslit
Telephone: 250 651-2277
Available by appointment only

Dease Lake
Contact:  Andrea Louie
Telephone: 250 771-3032
Available by appointment only

General information:

Prince George Regional Office
Telephone: 250 565-6135

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Prince George
Contact: Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations 
Telephone: 250-614-7400

Contact: Bryan Monroe
Telephone: 250 569-7508

Contact: Christine Friedrichsmeier
Telephone: 250 567-6363

Contact: Nathan Voth
Telephone: 250 567-6363


Region 7B: Peace

General information:

Fort St. John Regional Office
Telephone: 250 787-3411

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Fort St. John
Contact: Basil Szoo
Telephone: 250 785-3468

Dawson Creek
Caleb Gotthardt
Telephone: 250 719-6295

Fort Nelson
Contact: Cliff Erskine
Telephone: 250 233-8591

Pouce Coupe
Contact: Peter Bruhs
Telephone: 250 786-7961


Region 8: Okanagan

General information:

Penticton Regional Office
Telephone: 250 490-8200

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Penticton Area
Contact: Greg Smith
Telephone: 250 486-3437

Contact: Greg Hoyer
Telephone: 250 764-2482


Compulsory Inspection Database

The compulsory inspection database contains information that is collected during these inspections.

The compulsory inspection data is presented at the MU level and spans the period of record from 1900 to 2013. The species required to be inspected changes over time and varies by region, so not all species are represented in the dataset for the full period of record or for the entire province.

Details of the compulsory inspection dataset:

Access the compulsory inspection dataset:

This data is subject to the terms of the Open Government Licence.

Compulsory Wildlife Reporting

Hunters must report, within 30 days following the kill date, the killing of:

  • A bobcat in any MU (excluding region 4)
  • A lynx in regions 3, 5, 6, 7a, 7b, or 8
  • A wolverine in any MU (excluding region 4)
  • A wolf in Regions 1 and 2

Complete sections A through C of the following form and return it by mail or in person to offices identified on the form. Hunters may also report by phone to 778-698-9230. Please do not submit any teeth with this form.