Wood Buffalo National Park Game Regulations (SOR/78-830)

Regulations are current to 2016-09-18

 No person shall leave a trap unattended for a period of time that is unreasonable and that allows the pelt or meat of a trapped animal to be wasted or spoiled.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall

    • (a) set out, use or employ a snare for trapping game, other than fur bearing animals; or

    • (b) set out, use or employ a snare without a locking device approved by the superintendent when trapping for fur bearing animals other than squirrel.

  • (2) The holder of a general hunting permit may trap hares with the use of a snare if the wire used for the snare is not heavier than No. 22 gauge.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8.

Aircraft

 No person shall

  • (a) hunt by use or aid of an aircraft;

  • (b) take off in an aircraft or land an aircraft in the Park except as provided for in the National Parks General Regulations; or

  • (c) hunt big game in the Park within twenty-four hours of having flown over the Park.

  • SOR/87-657, s. 8.

Meat of Game

 Subject to sections 51 and 52, no person shall

  • (a) offer for sale, sell, trade or barter any game;

  • (b) use as bait, in hunting or trapping operations, meat of game other than meat of fur bearing animals; or

  • (c) feed to dogs or other domestic animals meat of game, other than meat of fur bearing animals.

  •  (1) No person who has killed or is in possession of any game in the Park shall allow the edible flesh thereof to be wasted, destroyed or spoiled.

  • (2) No person who has killed or is in possession of any fur bearing animal in the Park shall allow the skin or pelt thereof to be wasted, destroyed or spoiled.

Poison

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall use poison for the purpose of taking or killing game or have in his possession any poison that may be used for that purpose.

  • (2) The Minister may authorize the use of poison for the taking or killing of game for scientific purposes pursuant to paragraph 56(1)(a).

Oversnow Vehicles

 No person shall operate an oversnow vehicle in the Park unless it is registered, insured and equipped as required by the laws of the Province or Territory in which it is operated and

  • (a) it is used while engaged in trapping activities by a holder of a trapping permit or by the spouse or child under 18 years of age of a holder of a trapping permit; or

  • (b) its use is approved in writing by the superintendent and it is operated in accordance with such conditions and in such areas as the superintendent may specify.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8.

 No person shall harass, injure, attempt to kill or kill game with an oversnow vehicle or any other motor vehicle.

Trapper’s Cabins

  •  (1) A trapper’s cabin permit may be issued by the superintendent to any person named in a certificate of registration.

  • (2) An application for a trapper’s cabin permit shall

    • (a) be made on a form supplied by the superintendent; and

    • (b) contain the information required by the form and any additional information requested by the superintendent.

  • (3) No person shall erect or alter any building, cabin or structure in the Park unless he does so under and in accordance with a trapper’s cabin permit.

  • (4) The superintendent may refuse to issue a trapper’s cabin permit where, in his opinion, the proposed trapper’s cabin is not compatible in design or size with the proposed location.

  • (5) Where a person’s name has been removed from a certificate of registration, he shall, if notified by the superintendent, sell, remove or otherwise dispose of any building, cabin or structure or improvements thereto that he owns and that is located on the trapping area to which the certificate applies within one year of being notified to do so by the superintendent.

  • (6) Where an owner does not sell, remove or otherwise dispose of property as required pursuant to subsection (5), the superintendent may dispose of the property and any costs incurred shall be paid by the owner.

  • (7) The owner or occupant of a building, cabin or structure for which a trapper’s cabin permit has been issued shall maintain the immediate area of the building, cabin or structure in a condition satisfactory to the superintendent.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8.

Sale of Skins or Pelts

 No person shall sell, trade or barter the skin or pelt of a fur bearing animal unless the person

  • (a) has paid any tax or royalty imposed on a skin or pelt, as required by the laws of a province or ordinances of a territory, in the province or territory in which the fur bearing animal was trapped; and

  • (b) has an export permit issued under the Game Export Act, where a skin or pelt is transported across a provincial or territorial boundary before being sold, traded or bartered.

  • SOR/87-657, s. 9.

 No person, either by himself, his servant or agent, shall buy, sell, deal, exchange, barter, solicit or traffic the skin, pelt or any part thereof of any fur bearing animal or conduct a transaction involving the skin, pelt or any part thereof unless he obtains a licence authorizing him to do so issued pursuant to the National Parks Businesses Regulations.

  •  (1) Every person who buys or trades the skins, pelts or furs of game in the Park shall prepare for each month a report on a form supplied by the superintendent containing the information required by the form and any additional information requested by the superintendent.

  • (2) Every person who prepares a report pursuant to subsection (1) shall submit the report to the superintendent no later than 15 days after the last day of the month to which the report applies.

  • (3) Every person who buys or trades the skins, pelts or furs of game shall, when requested to do so by a Park Warden, produce for inspection the records on which the report referred to in subsection (1) is based.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8.

Fishing

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2) and notwithstanding section 14 of the National Parks Fishing Regulations, a person may net fish in non-stocked waters for indigenous species of fish for himself, his dependants and his dogs for use while residing within the boundaries of the Park if

    • (a) he is the holder of a trapping permit and is actively engaged in trapping; or

    • (b) he is the holder of a general hunting permit and has obtained the written permission of the superintendent.

  • (2) The superintendent may grant permission to a person referred to in paragraph (1)(b) where, in his opinion, it is necessary for the livelihood of that person.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8.

Disputes

  •  (1) Where there is a dispute in connection with a registered trapping area, a Park Warden shall make a decision with respect to that dispute.

  • (2) An aggrieved party may appeal a decision of the Park Warden to the superintendent by giving notice of appeal within 30 days of the decision of the Park Warden.

  • (3) The superintendent shall fix the time for hearing the appeal within 60 days of the receipt of notice pursuant to subsection (2) unless, in his opinion, a longer time is required due to the circumstances of the case.

  • SOR/91-420, s. 8.

PART VPowers of the Director-General and the Minister

[SOR/91-420, s. 5]
  •  (1) The director-general may authorize any person

    • (a) to take or kill game within the Park for scientific purposes;

    • (b) to take or destroy any game when such action, in the opinion of the director-general, is necessary for the purposes of game management;

    • (c) to sell or otherwise dispose of any products resulting from game taken, killed or destroyed pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b); or

    • (d) to destroy any dangerous game that presents a hazard to public safety or to property.

  • (2) The director-general may, by notice, alter the open seasons and bag limits for any game set out in Schedule II where

    • (a) emergency conditions prevail; or

    • (b) unusual climatic conditions arise.

  • (3) Notwithstanding anything in these Regulations, the director-general may, by notice,

    • (a) restrict or prohibit hunting or trapping,

    • (b) prohibit the possession of firearms, or

    • (c) specify the conditions under which a person may possess firearms,

    in any area in the Park where the director-general is of the opinion that hunting, trapping or the possession of firearms in that area might endanger the safety of the public or where it is necessary for management of the Park.

  • (4) Every notice issued pursuant to subsection (2) or (3) shall be posted by the superintendent in conspicuous places in the Park.

  • (5) No person shall hunt, trap or be in possession of firearms, contrary to a notice issued pursuant to subsection (2) or (3).

  • SOR/80-52, s. 3;
  • SOR/91-420, ss. 5, 8.
 
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