Busy BC Day Long Weekend for Conservation Officers
Thursday, August 11, 2016 @ 3:19 PM
Prince George, B.C. – The Conservation Officer Service (COS) issued tickets and warnings galore to recreation enthusiasts over the August long weekend.
Deputy chief Chris Doyle provided the highlights during a teleconference this afternoon:
- The Peace – Doyle says conservation officers (CO’s) conducted a multi-day outreach and enforcement operation associated to angling and boat use on the Peace River. Over the course of that weekend he says CO’s issued 20 charges under the Wildlife Act, Fisheries Act, Firearm Act and Motor Vehicle Act. Doyle says CO’s also issued 41 warnings. Doyle says 26 fish and one jet boat were also seized and one 24-hour drivers license suspension was also issued.
- Skeena – Doyle says CO’s made 260 contacts in the field and 525 vehicles were checked resulting in the seizure of three wild Steelhead and a number of other fish seizures. He adds a total of 36 charges and 19 warnings were issued.
- Okanagan – Doyle says four different boat patrols were conducted related to enforcement resulting in 26 charges and 50 warnings. Additionally, he says 12 vessels were ordered off the lake due to having insufficient safety gear.
- Kootenay/Boundary region – Doyle says a record 190 vessels were checked resulting in six charges and four warnings issued by CO’s to motorists who failed to stop to have their vessels inspected. He says four individuals from Alberta that weekend was also charged for possessing live wildlife (western painted turtles) in Cranbrook.
- South Coast – Doyle says CO’s patrolled recreation sites and trails in the region resulting in 31 charges, 43 warnings, and one 24-hour license suspension. He says CO’s also located and extinguished an abandoned campfire.