A handful of hunters discovered trespassing onto private land and fined.
Recently the Invermere Conservation Officer Service received and investigated several reports of hunters hunting on private land without permission. Conservation Officers are reminding hunters that they need to receive permission by the land owner, lessee or occupier of the land before hunting on private land. While permission isn’t required on unposted land, Conservation Officers are advising that good hunting ethics includes asking for approval from the landowner before proceeding with their hunt. In B.C., a person commits an offence under the Provincial Wildlife Act Sec 39 if the person, without the consent of the owner, lessee or occupier of land, hunts over or traps in or on cultivated land, or hunts over Crown land that is subject to a grazing lease while the land is occupied by livestock. In addition, a person commits an offence under the Trespass Act if the person does any of the following:
(a) enters premises that are enclosed land (fenced);
(b) enters premises after the person has had notice from an occupier of the premises or an authorized person that the entry is prohibited (verbally or signed);
(c) engages in activity on or in premises after the person has had notice from an occupier of the premises or an authorized person that the activity is prohibited (verbally or signed).
Most land owners, lessees or occupiers of the land will post signs that state something to the effect of: No Trespassing or No Hunting or both. For posted land and or enclosed land (fenced), hunters must contact the owner to gain permission before accessing the private land.
In the age of easily accessible technology land owners/lessees and law enforcement are using technology to monitor high offence locations.
Conservation Officers asking the public to report hunting or trapping trespass occurrences to 1-877-952-7277 (#7277 on your cell). Calls can be anonymous.