ALBERTA WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
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WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT IN ALBERTA CANADA

Alberta has a responsibility to preserve, protect, perpetuate and manage all wildlife in the province.  Alberta’s hunting community plays a vital role in wildlife management in the province.
*These plans are provided by AEP (Alberta Environment & Parks). All information on this site has been posted to provide you with direct access to information about the programs and services offered by the Government of Alberta. The reproduction is not represented as an official version of the materials reproduced, nor as having been made in affiliation with or with the endorsement of the Government of Alberta

BIGHORN SHEEP MANAGEMENT

Key management goals and objectives for bighorn sheep in Alberta Canada
alberta canada bighorn sheep management program
  •  Harvest non-trophy sheep where appropriate.
  • Identify and protect bighorn sheep habitat, with an emphasis on winter range.
  • Maintain area-specific population goals.
  • Manage the harvest of bighorn trophy rams on a maximum, sustained yield basis, including allowing non-resident hunting.
  • Provide for subsistence use, wildlife viewing, scientific research and educational activities.
  • Study in detail sheep winter ranges and ensure their viability.
For detailed information on Alberta Bighorn Sheep Management please visit Alberta Environment & Parks – Fish & Wildlife

BLACK BEAR MANAGEMENT

Key management goals and objectives for black bear in Alberta Canada
Black Bear Management Alberta Canada
  • Keeping the black bear population at about 40,000 bears across Alberta
  • Provide education about ecological value of bears
  • Regional management involving variable harvest rates, seasons and bag limits will be applied. Harvest will not exceed, on the average, 13% of the black bear population.
  • Response to Dangerous Bears program will continue.
  • Emphasis will be placed on translocation of nuisance black bears
  • Prohibition on traffic of black bear parts, except for hides with attached claws, will continue.
For detailed information on Alberta Black Bear Management please visit Alberta Environment & Parks – Fish & Wildlife

GRIZZLY BEAR RECOVERY PLAN

Alberta's Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan guides grizzly bear management in Alberta.
grizzly bear management Alberta Canada
  • Continued suspension on sport hunting until population status has been confirmed.
  • Developing motorized access management strategies in grizzly habitats.
  • Expanding efforts to reduce human-bear conflicts.
  • Improve population assessments through habitat relationships.
  • Science Advisory Committee established to advise on Research & monitoring priorities.
  • Communication and cooperation with neighboring jurisdictions.
For detailed information on Alberta Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan click here: Alberta Environment & Parks – Fish & Wildlife

COUGAR MANAGEMENT

Key management goals and objectives for black bear in Alberta Canada
Cougar Management Alberta Canada
  • Ensure that cougar populations are protected from significant decline and that viable populations are maintained.
  • Maximize recreational opportunities, including viewing and hunting.
  • Providing a commercial benefit to Albertans from the cougar resource through tourism and non-resident hunting.
  • Minimize property damage and risks to human safety, continue the Wildlife Predator Compensation Program, and removing or relocating offending individuals.
  • Scientific and educational activity to enhance knowledge of cougars.
For detailed information on Alberta Cougar Management please visit Alberta Environment & Parks – Fish & Wildlife

MOUNTAIN GOAT MANAGEMENT

Key management goals and objectives for mountain goat in Alberta Canada
  • Identify and protect mountain goat ranges from development and human activity.
  • Road access should be carefully planned, monitored and controlled.
  • Restore depleted populations and maintain other populations using conservative hunting strategies.
  • Determine population compositions that are being considered for a recreational hunt.
  • Evaluated non-consumptive use opportunities while minimizing disturbance of mountain goats.
  • Research the biology of the mountain goat, including reproductive performance, mortality and use of various habitat attributes.
For detailed information on Alberta Mountain Goat Management please visit Alberta Environment & Parks – Fish & Wildlife

MULE DEER MANAGEMENT

Key management goals and objectives for mule deer in Alberta Canada
mule deer management in Alberta Canada
  • Provide Alberta residents a variety of hunting opportunities (any buck, trophy buck, antlerless deer and archery only areas) to harvest mule deer with limited entry draws to manage the distribution and number of hunters to provide quality hunting experience, protect the mule deer population, and minimize disturbance of landowners.
  • Enhance knowledge and personal contact using viewing guides and interpretive sites.
  • Commercial opportunities in outfitting and guiding will continue.
  • Scientific research an education to enhance knowledge of mule deer to improve management capabilities.
  • Improve habitat and population monitoring.
For detailed information on Alberta Mule Deer Management please visit Alberta Environment & Parks – Fish & Wildlife

WHITETAIL DEER MANAGEMENT

Key management goals and objectives for whitetail deer in Alberta Canada
whitetail deer management in Alberta Canada
  • Provide Alberta residents a variety of hunting opportunities (any buck, trophy buck, antlerless deer and archery only areas) to harvest whitetail deer with limited entry draws to manage the distribution and number of hunters to provide high quality hunting experience, protect the whitetail population, and minimize disturbance of landowners.
  • Commercial opportunities in outfitting and guiding will continue.
  • Scientific research an education to enhance knowledge of mule deer to improve management capabilities.
  • Damage prevention, control and compensation programs will continue
  • Enhance knowledge and personal contact.
  • Improve habitat and population monitoring.
For detailed information on Alberta Whitetail Deer Management please visit Alberta Environment & Parks – Fish & Wildlife

WOLF MANAGEMENT

Key management goals and objectives for wolves in Alberta Canada
wolf Management Alberta Canada
  • Establish regional population goals to maintain a winter population.
  • Assistance to wolf recovery programs in the Northwestern US.
  • In western and northern Alberta, wolves may be temporarily reduced to assist ungulate restoration and enhancement.
  • Encourage public awareness and appreciation of the wolf.
  • Promote hunting of wolves in western and northern Alberta, through education, long seasons and the use of baits and electronic calls.
  • Hunting of wolves by non-residents will be promoted.
  • Education and incentives to trappers to encourage fur harvest where wolf predation limits ungulate populations.
For detailed information on Alberta Wolf Management please visit Alberta Environment & Parks – Fish & Wildlife

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Wildlife adds to the quality of life that residents enjoy and living creatures have an economic as well as a recreational value. Activities such as hunting and wildlife watching contribute significantly to the provincial economy.

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