This plan is one in a series of draft management documents being prepared by the Fish and Wildlife Branch on individual species or groups of species. Comments from interested individuals are welcome within three months of the release of this plan and will aid in its revision. After revision, the plan will guide elk management in British Columbia for the next five years consistent with management goals. The goals of wildlife management in B.C. are: 1) To maintain the diversity and viability of species representative of the major biophysical zones of the Province; and 2) To ensure that within the constraints of land capability and biological limits of each species, wildlife is available in sufficient abundance to meet the social, recreational, ecological and economic needs of society. To meet these goals; objectives, policies and management prescriptions have been developed. This plan describes how and why they were derived for elk. In addition it confirms and provides guidelines for the development of Regional Wildlife Management Plans which will present in greater detail regional objectives for numbers and distribution of elk, uses to be made of elk, and the cost of meeting those objectives. It also provides the reader with general information on which the management of elk in B.C. is based.
Pettigrew, P.S., Fyfe, M.. 1981. Preliminary Elk Management Plan for British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Fish and Wildlife Branch