Decoy operation finds compliant huntes

Take Down Tales by BC Conservation Officer Sgt. Drew Milne

I am often asked: busy year with poachers? Lots of poachers this year eh? My answer is generally no when it pertains to quantity of unlawful Wildlife Act/Fisheries Act related offenders. However we are commonly busy, along with other responsibilities, investigating the individual crimes. Wildlife and fisheries related files can and do take a lot of time and effort to investigate. The first couple of Take Down-Tales generated some good discussion with regards to hunters versus poachers. This seems to always be a contentious subject. I am pleased to say that the Columbia-Kootenay Zone hunter and fisherperson field compliance checks, complaints and investigations statistics demonstrate that the majority of hunters and fisherpersons, in the area, are hunting or fishing in accordance with the Acts and Regulations. For instance, the Conservation Officer Service recently conducted a decoy operation that was set up targeting unlawful firearm and trespassing related offenses; common public complaints we receive. A decoy operation can include the Conservation Officers setting up a lookalike animal in or outside of a hunting season to try apprehending people who have a blatant disregard for specific laws. The operation was conducted for a better part of the day in an area where there was a high level of hunter activity. Encouragingly, we did not have any violators.

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