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Wood Buffalo National Park Game Regulations

Version of section 2 from 2022-07-30 to 2023-03-06:

  •  (1) In these Regulations,

    big game

    big game means bison (buffalo), wapiti (elk), any member of the deer family whether known as caribou, moose, deer or otherwise, bear and any part of such animals; (gros gibier)

    certificate of registration

    certificate of registration means a certificate of registration issued pursuant to subsection 14(1); (certificat d’enregistrement)


    Director[Repealed, SOR/91-420, s. 1]


    dog means any member of the species Canis familiaris and any cross-breed thereof; (chien)


    firearm means any weapon from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged and that is capable of causing bodily injury or death, and includes anything that can be adapted for use as a firearm; (arme à feu)

    former Regulations

    former Regulations means the Wood Buffalo Park Game Regulations, being P.C. 1954-1739 of November 18, 1954; (anciens règlements)

    fur bearing animal

    fur bearing animal means a beaver, coyote, fisher, fox, lynx, marten, mink, muskrat, otter, skunk, squirrel, weasel, ermine or wolverine or wolf and includes any part of such animal; (animaux à fourrure)


    game means any wild mammal, amphibian, reptile or bird and includes any part of such mammal, amphibian, reptile or bird or any egg thereof; (gibier)

    general hunting permit

    general hunting permit means a permit issued pursuant to section 12; (permis général de chasse)

    group leader

    group leader means a member of a group who is named on a certificate of registration and who is duly chosen by a majority of group members for a trapping area to act on their behalf, or the holder of the certificate of registration if the holder is the only person named in the certificate; (chef du groupe)

    group member

    group member means a person who is named on a certificate of registration and includes the holder of the certificate; (membre du groupe)


    highway means a highway in the Park and includes a common or public highway, street, road, avenue, parkway, driveway or bridge intended for use by the general public for the passage of motor vehicles; (route)


    hunt means to trap, chase, pursue, worry, follow after or on the trail of, search for, shoot at, stalk or lie in wait for, or any attempt made in any manner to capture, kill or injure any game whether or not the game is captured, killed or injured; (chasser)


    loaded, with respect to a firearm, means the presence of a live shell or cartridge in the breach, chamber or attached magazine of the firearm; (chargé)

    migratory bird

    migratory bird has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, but excludes migratory birds raised in captivity that can readily be distinguished from wild migratory birds by their size, shape or plumage; (oiseau migrateur)


    Minister[Repealed, SOR/91-420, s. 1]

    motor vehicle

    motor vehicle means any vehicle that is designed to be driven by any means other than by muscular power; (véhicule automobile)

    open season

    open season, with respect to game, means the period in each year during which it is permitted to hunt for that game; (saison de chasse)

    oversnow vehicle

    oversnow vehicle means a motor vehicle that is designed to run on tracks or skis or both and to operate on snow or ice; (autoneige)


    owner, with respect to a dog, means a person who owns, harbours, possesses or has control or custody of a dog; (propriétaire)


    Park means Wood Buffalo National Park; (parc)

    permit year

    permit year means the period from the first day of July in any year to the thirtieth day of June in the year next following; (année de permis)


    possession means possession as referred to in subsection 3(4) of the Criminal Code; (possession)


    resident means a person who makes his home or resides in Wood Buffalo National Park or within eighty kilometres of the Park, and for greater certainty includes a person who makes his home or resides in the settlement of Fort Smith, Fort Resolution or Hay River in the Northwest Territories or of Jean D’Or Prairie, Fox Lake, Fort Chipewyan, Embarras Portage or Fort Fitzgerald in the Province of Alberta; (résident)


    snare means a type of trap constructed of wire, leather, rope or other material and manipulated in such a way as to form a noose capable of capturing game; (collet)


    Superintendent[Repealed, SOR/91-420, s. 1]


    trap, when used as a noun, means any structure, contrivance or device capable of catching and capturing game by affording entrance but not exit, and includes a snare; (piège)

    trapper’s cabin

    trapper’s cabin means a building or structure erected in a trapping area used as temporary living quarters by a person or persons actively engaged in trapping; (cabane de trappeur)

    trapper’s cabin permit

    trapper’s cabin permit means a permit issued pursuant to section 50; (permis de cabane de trappeur)

    trapping area

    trapping area means an area or location for hunting or trapping fur bearing animals described in a trapping permit or certificate or registration; (secteur de piégeage)

    trapping permit

    trapping permit means a permit issued pursuant to section 13. (permis de piégeage)

  • (2) Where a period of time is expressed in these Regulations to be a period from one day to another, the period shall include the first and the last days so expressed.

  • SOR/87-657, s. 1
  • SOR/91-420, s. 1
  • SOR/2022-105, s. 86
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