The purpose of this report is to provide information on those activities associated with commercial backcountry recreation that most affect the viability of wildlife in British Columbia. In order to remain consistent with the jurisdictional responsibilities of the Wildlife Program, marine mammals such as whales and seals are not addressed in this report. The report has two main objectives: 1) To assess the relative risk to wildlife of activities associated with commercial backcountry recreation, and 2) To propose methods of mitigating the impacts of commercial backcountry recreation on wildlife and their habitats. The first objective was met by incorporating information from interviews and findings from a cursory review of the pertinent literature into a risk assessment framework. The second objective was met by proposing interim provincial guidelines that are designed to minimize the risk to wildlife, while at the same time enabling opportunities for backcountry recreation.
Harper, W.L., Eastman, D.S.. 2002. Wildlife and Commercial Backcountry Recreation in British Columbia: Assessment of Impacts and Interim Guidelines for Management. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks