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 4-19, 4-27 to 4-33, 4-37, 4-38, 5-2, and 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, 6-1 to 6-11, 6-15, 6-17 to 6-30 and 7-51 to 7-53
  • Lynx in Region 4
  • Bobcat 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:

Victoria
Contact: Wayne Zaccarelli
Telephone: 250 382-8502

Nanaimo
Contact: Kim Brunt
E-mail:  kbrunt56@gmail.com (primary contact) 
Telephone: 250 390-3951

Campbell River
Contact: Shane Renouf
Telephone: 250 286-0012
E-mail:   Shanerenouf@telus.net

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
Web: www.highcaliberbc.ca
Telephone: 604 819-2016

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

Squamish
Contact: Nathan Webb
Telephone: 604 815-9035

Sunshine Coast
Contact: Mike Veen
Email: mlveen@telus.net
Telephone: 604 886-0115

 

Region 3: Thompson

General information:
(all species)

Kamloops Regional Office
Telephone: 250 371-6200

Kamloops
Contact: Chris Procter
Telephone: 250 312-6635

Kamloops
Contact: Sean O'Donovan
Telephone: 250 312-6634

Kamloops
Contact: Francis Iredale
Telephone: 250 312-6633

Contract compulsory inspectors:
(all species except mountain sheep and mountain goat)

Kamloops
Contact: Norm Stackhouse
Telephone: 250 320-5947

Merritt
Contact: Ray Wiens
Telephone: 778 241-0208

Salmon Arm
Contact: Jason Bellows
Telephone: 250 832-0757

 

Region 4: Kootenay

General information:

Cranbrook Regional Office
Telephone: 250 489-8540

Nelson Subregional Office
Telephone: 250 354-6333

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Cranbrook
Contact: Kent Kebe (for wild sheep only)
Telephone: 250 342-5601
(By appointment only)

Contact: Bob Faiers
Telephone: 250 426-9653

Revelstoke
Contact: Jason Cameron
Telephone: 250 814-8725

Radium Hot Springs
Contact: Kent Kebe
Telephone: 250 342-5601

Sparwood
Contact: Don Patterson
Telephone: 250 425-2550

Nakusp
Contact: James Henry Scown
Telephone: 250 265-4137

Creston
Contact: Dustin Oakley
Telephone: 250 402-8132

Castlegar
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
Telephone: 604-845-4862

150 Mile House
Steve Rutherford
Telephone: 250-296-4122

Alternative Compulsory Inspections:

Williams Lake FLNRO Office

Pat Dielman
Email: Pat.Dielman@gov.bc.ca
Telephone: 250 398-4561

Shane White
Email: Shane.White@gov.bc.ca
Telephone: 250 398-4553

100 Mile House FLNRO Office

Daniel Lirette
Email: Daniel.Lirette@gov.bc.ca
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

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

Burns Lake
Contact:  Mike Philip
Telephone:  250 692-6634
Available by appointment only

Dease Lake
Contact:  Michael Danielson
Telephone:  250 771-3819
Available by appointment only

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

Terrace
Contact: Paul Rusch
Email: paul_rusch@msn.com
Telephone: 250 615-1101

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

McBride
Contact: Bryan Monroe
Telephone: 250 569-7508

Vanderhoof
Contact: Christine Friedrichsmeier
Telephone: 250 567-6363

Vanderhoof
Contact: Nathan Voth
Telephone: 250 567-6363

 

Region 7B: Peace

General information:

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

Fort Nelson District Office
Telephone: 250 774-5511

Contract compulsory inspectors:

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

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

 

Region 8: Okanagan

General information:

Penticton Regional Office
Telephone: 250 490-8200

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Kelowna
Contact: Greg Hoyer
Telephone: 250 764-2482

 

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
  • An elk, in MUs 6-12 and 6-13
  • A feral pig

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.

Compulsory Inspection Database

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

Compulsory inspection records begin in 1900 and are presented at the MU level. 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.

To access Compulsory Inspection data, see DataBC.