This species group includes most mammals not designated as big game or furbearers. It includes about 70 species including shrews, mice, moles, chipmunks, ground squirrels, pikas, marmots, porcupines, and bats. Apart from those few species which are considered threatened or endangered and treated in the Threatened and Endangered Species Management Plan, little or no protection is provided to this group. Jurisdiction is exclusively provincial except for marine mammals where responsibility is shared with the federal government. Reproductive rates with few exceptions are high to very high. Population estimates are not available for most species, they vary from a few thousand in the case of the mountain beaver to millions in the case of the deer mouse. The Objectives of this Management Plan: 1. Ensure that man does not drastically alter the present diversity and range of non-game mammals. 2. Provide protection for most non-game mammals. 3. Identify and preserve areas of habitat particularly rich in non-game mammals and of habitat of mammals of specialized systems.
Munro, W.T.. 1981. Preliminary Non-Game Mammal Management Plan for British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Fish and Wildlife Branch