Trapline Management and Quotas
Res #: 13-15A
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
WHEREAS RMs along the northern forest are experiencing difficulties with beavers and wolves moving out of the Northern Provincial Forest into the settlements; and
WHEREAS the majority of traplines are underutilized due to the majority of traplines being controlled by non-trappers for recreational use; and
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Ministry of Environment to enforce the current legislation, “if a trapline is not trapped for two years, the lease holder relinquishes the right to the trapping lease”; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ministry of Environment reinstate the quota system for fur bearing animals on the registered trapline system.
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT RESPONSE
The ministry recognizes that inactive trappers pose a problem for both the adequate harvest of furbearers and the opportunity for new trappers to become involved in trapping in the Northern Fur Conservation Block. We respect the sense of pride and tradition that holding these lines means to many long-time trappers. The ministry is undertaking work with the key stakeholders to address this issue. Establishment of mandatory quotas for species that are known to cause damage to livestock producers or municipalities will be a part of these discussions along with other potential solutions.