Sea to Sky Corridor hunters this week were warned to ensure proper disposal of animal parts or face hefty fines.
The warning, issued by Cst. Simon Gravel of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service on Monday (Nov. 26), comes after “numerous complaints” about animal parts being dumped illegally in ditches, at highway pullouts, near trails or residential areas or on private property.
“The few hunters that do this are in violation of the Environmental Management Act: discharge, dump, discard or dispose of litter,” Gravel wrote in an email. Such violations carry a fine of $115, he wrote.
“Aside from giving hunters a negative public image, the waste can attract pets and dangerous wildlife such as bears,” he wrote, adding that if that occurs, violators can be charged with attracting dangerous wildlife, which carries a fine of up to $345.
Gravel reminded hunters that wildlife parts can be dumped in remote areas, away from recreational trails, campsites, residential areas and watersheds. The landfill is only to be used for small remains in a concealed garbage bag, he said.
Citizens with information about these or other potential environmental, hunting or fishing violation may call the Report All Poachers and Polluters hotline at (RAPP) at 1-877-952-7277.
Conservation officers are investigating the poaching of a moose on Saturday (Nov. 24) along the Lillooet River Forest Service Road north of Pemberton. The moose was shot in an area where no moose hunting is allowed and left by the roadside, Gravel wrote. Those with information are urged to phone the RAPP line. Any information provided can be treated as confidential, he wrote.