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Night hunters keep conservation officers busy
Reports of night hunting kept the conservation officers busy this fall, said Sgt. Len Butler of the BC Conservation Officer Services in Williams Lake.
“The complaints were coming through our RAAP line,” Butler said Monday. “We responded to the best of our abilities and did quite a few responses in the middle of the night, chasing down night hunters.”
Butler said the number of night hunting complaints was up from previous years and the office is wrapping up its investigations now.
Fines can range from $1,000 to $5,000 depending on how serious the charges are.
“It’s completely illegal to night hunt and it’s dangerous,” Butler said.
Most complaints have been about illegal hunting on the West Fraser road area across from the Rudy Johnson Bridge. Butler said night hunters are after anything that will move. “Since there are not many moose there, it’s mainly mule deer (that are targeted). We get calls from various parts of the zone with regards to night hunting.”
In other wildlife news, Butler said a bear that won’t go to sleep is causing grief in the Quesnel area.
“Sometimes that’s the way it is because they are getting too much food.”
He also said ice fishing season has started and the public can expect to see Butler’s crew out more frequently on the lakes.
“The most serious thing is over-limits obviously, licensing, things of that variety,” he said.