SURVEY - Preventing Collisions With Wildlife
There is an opportunity for the public to provide comments about wildlife vehicle collision prevention directly to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development (FLNRORD).
FLNRORD is seeking input from the public on wildlife management and habitat conservation in British Columbia.
Prior to proving your input, you may wish to look through the discussion paper prepared by FLNRORD, which poses eight topics for discussion:
These two topics and points of discussion are of particular interest to wildlife collision prevention.
Topic 3 - Declining Wildlife Populations
Address other mortality factors, such as hunting, predation and road/rail collisions, that are contributing to population declines.
The specific question asked by FLNRORD is: What measures need to be taken to proactively manage wildlife and habitat and prevent wildlife from becoming species at risk?
Topic 7 - Human Wildlife Conflicts
Provide safe passage for wildlife to move across barriers such as roads.
The specific question asked by FLNRORD is: What are the most effective ways to reduce wildlife-human conflicts in British Columbia?
In order to improve wildlife management in BC, reduce unnecessary wildlife deaths on roads, and improve habitat connectivity across the landscape, the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program recommends that the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development must work together with road safety managers to :
- Identify and prioritize high risk highway locations where wildlife vehicle collisions are common,
- Implement strategic wildlife vehicle collision countermeasures,
- Increase highway brushing,
- Decrease winter night time driving speeds in moose collision prone areas,
- Review and update wildlife signage,
- Carry out long term monitoring of WVC mitigation measures,
- Identify critical wildlife movement corridors and provide safe passage for wildlife where these corridors intersect highways, and
- Foster interagency cooperation with MOTI and other road safety agencies.
The comment period ends on July 31, 2018. The public is invited to provide input online, by email, or by written submission.
The FLNRORD website provides more detail on how to comment.
It is important that the Government of BC receives input from the public and interested stakeholders regarding their concerns about the numbers of wildlife killed on BC highways each year.
Thank you for taking the time to participate in this public consultation.