Gros Morne National Park of Canada Snowshoe Hare Regulations (SOR/2005-205)

Regulations are current to 2017-12-11 and last amended on 2009-12-03. Previous Versions

Duties of Holders of Snare Permits

 The holder of a snare permit shall

  • (a) carry their snare permit when they are snaring or in possession of snowshoe hare in the park;

  • (b) on request by the superintendent, a park warden, an enforcement officer or a peace officer, immediately produce for examination, as applicable, their snare permit, snares and any snowshoe hare in their possession;

  • (c) notify the superintendent, in writing as soon as possible, of any change in the address of their permanent residence;

  • (d) report, without delay, to a park warden, any accidental capture by the permit holder in any of their snares of an animal other than a snowshoe hare if that animal is wounded or dead; and

  • (e) after they snare one half of the limit of snowshoe hare specified in their permit, reduce the number of their snares so that the number of their snares does not at any subsequent time exceed the remainder of that limit.

  • SOR/2009-322, s. 28(F).
  •  (1) The holder of a snare permit shall remove their snares, snaring line indicators and trail indicators when the limit of snowshoe hare specified in the snare permit has been reached or, if that limit is not reached, before the expiry of the permit.

  • (2) If the permit holder fails to comply with subsection (1), the superintendent shall remove and dispose of the snares, snaring line indicators and trail indicators.

  • (3) The permit holder shall be responsible for all expenses incurred by the superintendent under subsection (2).

  •  (1) Within 30 days after the expiry of a snare permit, the permit holder shall return the permit to a park warden.

  • (2) The permit holder shall state the following information on the back of their snare permit before returning it:

    • (a) the number of snares set by the permit holder;

    • (b) the number of snowshoe hare snared by the permit holder;

    • (c) the areas in which the snowshoe hare were snared;

    • (d) the number of days during which the permit holder carried on the snaring activity under the permit; and

    • (e) any other information that the permit holder was required to record under a condition of the permit.

Powers of Superintendent

 The superintendent shall, for the purposes of the conservation of snowshoe hare and the maintenance of the ecological integrity of the park, in respect of each season, determine those areas in the park in which the snaring of snowshoe hare will be permitted or restricted.

 The superintendent may, at any time, for purposes of management of the park, public safety or the conservation of natural resources, close areas of the park to the snaring of snowshoe hare for any period that the superintendent determines necessary.

 Based on the determinations made under sections 15 and 16, the superintendent shall, in respect of each season, determine

  • (a) the limit of snowshoe hare that may be snared under a snare permit; and

  • (b) the maximum number of snare permits to be issued for each area where the snaring of snowshoe hare will be permitted.

Suspension and Revocation

  •  (1) The superintendent may suspend a snare permit if the permit holder contravenes any provision of these Regulations or any condition of their permit.

  • (2) The superintendent shall reinstate a suspended snare permit

    • (a) if the contravention that led to the suspension has been corrected;

    • (b) after a period of 30 days from the date of the suspension, unless proceedings have been instituted before the end of that period in respect of the alleged contravention; or

    • (c) if proceedings are instituted, after the permit holder has been found not guilty of an offence in respect of the alleged contravention or after the proceedings against them have been discontinued.

  • (3) The superintendent shall revoke the snare permit if

    • (a) the permit holder is convicted of an offence in respect of a contravention of any provision of these Regulations or any condition of the permit; or

    • (b) except when the permit was reinstated under paragraph (2)(b) or (c), the permit has been suspended twice during the period for which it was issued.

Decisions of the Superintendent


 If the superintendent refuses to issue a snare permit or suspends or revokes a snare permit, the superintendent shall, as soon as possible after making their decision, provide written notice of their decision, including reasons, to the applicant or permit holder, as applicable.


  •  (1) Any person to whom the superintendent has refused to issue a snare permit, or whose snare permit has been suspended or revoked by the superintendent, may request a review of the superintendent’s decision by submitting a request in writing to the Chief Executive Officer within 30 days after receipt by that person of the notice referred to in section 19.

  • (2) On receipt of the written request for review, the Chief Executive Officer shall require that the superintendent issue or reinstate the snare permit if the Chief Executive Officer reaches a decision that differs from the superintendent’s decision with respect

    • (a) in the case of a refusal, to the requirements and matters to be considered under sections 7 and 8; and

    • (b) in the case of a suspension or revocation, to the reasons set out in section 18.

  • (3) The Chief Executive Officer shall provide written notice of their decision, including reasons, to the person who requested the review.

Consequential Amendment to the National Parks Wildlife Regulations


Coming into Force

 These Regulations come into force on October 1, 2005.

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