Complaints pour in as hunting season ramps up

With hunting season in full swing, the complaints are cranking up, said Sgt. Len Butler of the Conservation Officer Services.

With hunting season in full swing, the complaints are cranking up, said Sgt. Len Butler of the Conservation Officer Services.

“We have had several calls about night hunting and people trespassing on private property,” Butler told the Tribune Tuesday, noting the areas the infractions are happening are on Dog Creek Road from Chimney Valley toward Alkali Lake and at 150 Mile House on Redeau Lake Road and Valley Road. “We are getting some very good calls.”

The COS is also investigating the shooting of a caribou in the Itcha Mountains.

“It’s legal to hunt caribou if you have a tag, but you have to take the meat out,” Butler said. “(In this case) they only took the antlers and the cape for the head mount.”

Black bear complaints within Williams Lake have not been too frequent, although livestock predation by black bears has continued to be a problem, as well as by wolves and cougars.

In the 100 Mile House area, it’s been a different story with bear complaints, Butler noted.

“We had to put down four just last week. Bear complaints are coming in from Lac La Hache, Forest Grove, 108 Mile and 100 Mile. All of the complaints have been garbage and fruit related.”

Some people are cleaning up their properties but then their neighbours are not, Butler said.

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