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As a follow-up to a recent posting, here is the presentation given by Cait Nelson, provincial wildlife health biologist, given at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club on Monday, June 26, 2017. The main messages are:

  • CWD exists in Canada
  • CWD has NOT been confirmed in BC with over 3400 wildlife samples processed
  • We need to keep sampling
  • Far too few samples are being provided in the BC Peace

CWD Guide Image

 

“The federal government has quietly issued a warning that a progressive and fatal neurological disease affecting deer, elk, and moose populations in western Canada and the United States for decades might infect humans.”

CWD Animal

Read the full article.

Cait Nelson, provincial wildlife health biologist, will be at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club at 7 PM tomorrow to talk about Chronic Wasting Disease.

Windy, but sunny weather, was the theme for this years Kids Learn to Fish Day and the Father’s Day Fishing Derby. There were two full classes of 25 new fishers each and 22 alumni brought their rods and gear to help out with the new groups.

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club and Backcountry would like to express their sincere appreciation for the tireless work by our volunteers and all the sponsors who help make these events such a huge success.

Fishing Derby Results

Kids Prizes:

1st Place: Parker Campbell – 5lb 13oz 28 1/4″ pike
2nd Place: Rylan Goldsmith – 3lb 10oz 25 3/4″ pike
3rd Place: Chantel Maycock – 3lb 9oz 24 1/4″ pike
4th Place: Dreama Huhn – 3lb 8oz 24 1/2″ pike

Adults Prizes:

1st Prize: Margaret Cox – 8lbs 14oz 32 1/2″ pike
2nd Prize: Kehlan Huhn – 5lbs 12oz 28 1/2″ pike
3rd Prize: Lorenzo Ferrara – 5lb 7oz 28 3/4″ pike

Margaret Cox was the overall big winner of the derby. She will be the first winner to get a custom Len Thompson lure put onto our custom fishing derby trophy.

The two-day 3-Gun shoot this last weekend was greeted by 30 competitors and great, but windy, weather. Join the Facebook page to see shoot results and other Mighty Peace 3-gun League information.

3-Gun Shoot Photos

Feral Hog

A message from the local Fish and Wildlife Branch:

Please be advised that BC Parks Area Supervisor for the Liard Area found a feral swine dead in the bush close to the Liard River Hotspring Provincial Park. The pig appeared to have been killed by a bear.

For your information pigs in the wild are classified as “Schedule C” wildlife. This means that there is no close season and you are within your rights to kill a pig on sight. The rationale behind this is that pigs, in the wild, reproduce quickly and can become entrenched in an ecosystem. They cause damage to the environment and may aid in ecosystem shifts. It would be greatly appreciated if you would help in the initiative to ensure that no pig populations are able to establish themselves in the Northeast. The meat is edible.

If you sight any pigs in the wild, and are able to kill it please do. In all pig sighting cases please contact us to report the details and location of the sighting or kill.

Thank you for your support,

 

Katelyn White

First Nations and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist | Fish and Wildlife Section

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Suite 400, 10003-110th Avenue, Fort St. John, BC, V1J 6M7

Ph: 250-787-3496

 

 

July 7th-9th, 2017: WETLANDKEEPERS WORKSHOP

A 2.5 day, hands-on workshop teaching wetland assessment, plant ID, soil classification, and more! This special workshop will feature guest speaker Tom Biebighauser, who will provide training on wetland restoration design. This workshop is FREE and is filling up fast!

For more info or to register, go to https://FortStJohnWetlandkeepers.Eventbrite.ca

July 8th, 2017 7:00pm-9:00pm: PUBLIC TALK (Room 154, Northern Lights College)

Join us at Northern Lights College (Room 154) to learn about “The Benefits of Wetland Restoration” from renowned wetland restoration specialist Tom Biebighauser, who was restored over 1500 wetlands in 4 countries. Open to all members of the public.

For more information on either of these events, please contact Jason Jobin at wetlands_coordinator@bcwf.bc.ca

Wetlands Keepers Workshop Poster

The BCWF’s Youth Program is coming to the Dawson Creek Sportsman’s Club this year with the Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Camp from July 10-14, 2017. Themed around conservation and leadership, this weeklong day camp for youth ages 13-17 is a perfect fit for those who enjoy the outdoors and want to gain leadership skills. Go Wild aims to inspire an interest in environmental stewardship and empower youth to take on a leadership role in their communities. Youth will also learn outdoor skills such as fire and shelter building. The cost is $50 + registration fees ($53.60 total).

For more information and to register, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.ca/myevent?eid=34640936975 or search “Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Dawson Creek 2017” on https://www.eventbrite.ca/

For any questions regarding the camp, please contact Ariene Cabantog and/or Chris Lim.

Contact info: 

Ariene Cabantog – Kids and Youth Program Intern, Go Wild

BC Wildlife Federation

T: 604-882-9988 ext. 228 | E: gowild@bcwf.bc.ca

Chris Lim – Kids and Youth Program Coordinator

BC Wildlife Federation

T: 604-882-9988 ext. 228 | E: youth@bcwf.bc.ca

Also see http://bcwf.net/index.php/programs/gowild

 

Go Wild Dawson Creek 2017 Poster

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club and Backcountry are proud to sponsor the 2017 Father’s Day Fishing Derby on Sunday, June 18, 2017. See the poster for more details and don’t forget that all fish must be weighed by 3 PM.

2017 Father's Day Fishing Derby Poster

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club and Backcountry are pleased to announce Kids Learn to Fish classes on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Registration for this special event starts on June 1, 2017.

Kids Learn to Fish Poster

The deadline for applying for Fall 2017 LEH authorizations is 11:59 PM on May 26, 2017. Do not wait until the last minute! Although the online system is designed to be robust, it’s not worth the chance to be trying to make your applications in the final hours.

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