Conservation Officers Service has kept busy with a variety of violations and human-wildlife conflicts.
Black bear dies after being hit by vehicle on highway
On June 12, motorists struck a black bear on the Trans-Canada Highway, about 26 km east of Golden. The bear subsequently died of its injuries, the occupants of the vehicle were unharmed.
Wild sheep struck by motorist
A motorist travelling from Field to Golden on June 13 was following a vehicle that struck a wild sheep four kilometers east of Golden.
The sheep was not located during patrols of the area after the incident.
People interfere with fawn
Later that day, a caller stated that there was a fawn near the roadway on Golden Donald Upper Road. The doe was not in sight, and passers by were interfering with the fawn. People eventually moved on and no further reports were received.
Saskatchewan man fails to report to marine inspection
On June 14, a Saskatchewan man was charged for failing to report to the automatic identification system station, and was ordered to return and have his watercraft inspected. Saskatchewan is considered a high-risk area as invasive mussels are present in neighbouring jurisdictions.
Cyclists should watch out for bears on recreation trails
Black bears are still regularly seen in the Mountain Shadows mountain bike trail network. Cyclists are reminded to carry bear spray and have it accessible at all times. Cyclists should also be aware of their surroundings and make their presence known, especially when travelling fast where a bear could be surprised.
Watercraft inspection, coyotes, and off-road vehicles keep COS busy in second half of June
Between June 18 to 26, two individuals from Saskatchewan were charged under the off-road vehicle act for operating dirt bikes on crown land without proof of registration.
The Conservation Officers received a complaint regarding dumping near the Husky Mobile Home park. Information was given to Golden-Field RCMP, as it appeared to be stolen goods.
Several reports were received about coyotes displaying aggressive behaviour over the past few weeks. Two were removed by COs and an adult female was fatally struck on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Earlier this year, Conservation officers discovered what appeared to be business waste dumped on a forest service road. The ensuing investigation led to a local business where the owner was charged under the environmental management act for dumping waste on Crown land.
The aquatic invasive species inspectors continue to report motorists failing to report to the station despite there being seven signs compelling everyone travelling with watercraft to report to inspection. Several violation tickets have been issues, and the fine amount is set at $345.
The Consvervation Officers Service was busy in Revelstoke, conducting an attractant audit to ensure residents and businesses secure waste and make it inaccessible to dangerous wildlife, like black bears. A summons to appear in provincial court was issued, and 28 other enforcement actions were issued.
The business owner who will appear in court had been charged in the past after a bear was seen feeding from the restaurant’s unsecured dumpster.
Random audits are regularly conducted throughout the province, with one planned in Golden in the near future.
Please report human-wildlife conflicts and violations immediately to the conservation officer at 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 on the Telus Mobility network.