Trapping in B.C.
In British Columbia, some 3,500 trappers actively manage 17 types of furbearing animals, following standards, legislation and regulation developed by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. About half of the province's trappers are Aboriginal.
The regulation of trapping in BC falls under the Wildlife Act and its associated Wildlife Act Commercial Activities Regulation. This includes the licensing of trappers and fur traders, management of fur bearing animals, regulation of trapping methods and traps, reporting and inspection, and the collection of fur royalties.
The Fur Management Program includes:
- The BC Trappers Association's Trapper Education Program courses for new and experienced trappers.
- The Furbearer Management Guidelines. These guidelines outline the role that trappers can play in the wise management of furbearing species.
Royalty must be paid by a person to keep the pelt or skin of a furbearing animal (not raised in captivity) lawfully taken under their trapping licence, unless that person sells the pelt or skin to a licensed fur trader.
Schedule of Royalties
Royalty per pelt or skin:
July 1 2020 to June 30 2021
Trappers must, within 15 days following the end of the trapping season, report the harvest of:
- fisher in all MUs, other than region 3, when trapped in a fisher open season;
- wolverine in regions 5, 6, and 7;
- lynx in region 8;
- bobcat in MUs 1-14 and 1-15, and in regions 2 and 8; and
- a wolf in regions 1 and 2.
Trappers must complete sections A through C of the Compulsory Reporting and Inspection form (PDF, 2.2 MB) and return this form by mail, or report by phone or in person, to offices identified on the form.
Trappers must submit a carcass and pelt of the following to a Ministry office, within 15 days following the end of the trapping season:
- furbearers that are killed incidentally in areas with no open season; and
- fisher in all MUs when trapped outside a fisher open season.
These animals cannot be reclaimed by the trapper and may be donated by the Province to the Trapper Education Program.
Trappers must submit the following to a compulsory inspection center, within 15 days following the end of the trapping season:
- fisher in region 3;
- wolverine in regions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8;
- weasel in region 1 and MUs 6-12 and 6-13, and long-tailed weasel in MUs 2-3, 2-4, 2-6, 2-18 and 2-19;
- a lynx in MUs 1-14 and 1-15, and in regions 2 and 4; and
- bobcat in region 4.
Trappers must complete Sections A through C of the Compulsory Reporting and Inspection form (PDF, 2.2 MB) and submit this form, along with the entire carcass and pelt, to a compulsory inspection center.
Trappers with valid trapping licences, valid trapping permits, or persons exempted from holding licences or permits to trap fur bearing animals are able to pick up certain species of wildlife that have died as a result of collisions with motor vehicles and to use the carcasses as bait for traps set under the authority of their trapping licence, permit, or exemption.
Trappers may pick up and transport any dead mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, moose, black bear, or any wildlife listed in Schedules B or C (see the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for current schedules) if:
(a) the wildlife has died as a result of colliding with a motor vehicle, other than a motor vehicle operated by the trapper;
(b) the meat of the wildlife is unfit for human consumption;
(c) the carcass of the wildlife is to be used only:
(i) by the trapper, and
(ii) as bait for traps set under the authority of the trapper’s licence or licence exemption; and
(d) at the time of possession and transportation, the trapper has, on his or her person, the trapper’s current trapping licence or proof of the trapper’s licence exemption.
Trappers that pick up road-kill wildlife for use as bait must, within 30 days of picking up the road kill, must complete a Trapper Road Kill Possession Report Form (PDF) and submit it to the address shown on the form.
Trappers must maintain a copy of every completed Trapper Road Kill Report Form for at least 2 years after the date of pick up of the road kill described on the form.