BC Bans Hunting Drones
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government has grounded hunting drones.
“The Province amended the Wildlife Act hunting regulations, making it illegal for people to operate or possess a drone, or use data obtained by a drone, while on a hunting or trapping expedition,” reads a statement from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
“It is also now illegal for a third party to use a drone to help a hunter or trapper.”
Prior to today’s change, Section 27 of the Wildlife Act made it illegal to use a helicopter to hunt in BC. The minimum fine for hunting with a helicopter or drone is $2,500 – although a first offence could cost a hunter $250,000 and up to two years in prison.
The B.C. Wildlife Federation applauded the change.
“Using drones to track your prey just isn’t part of the hunting culture in British Columbia,” said president Jim Glaicar. “Hunters are respectful of wildlife and their habitat and very supportive of the steps government is taking to prevent hunters from using drones.”