Expect enforcement during long weekend

As people head out this May long weekend, the Conservation Officer Service is reminding the public it will be out in full force.

As people head out to camp, fish and recreate this May long weekend, the Conservation Officer Service is reminding the public it will be out in full force.

“We will be assisting the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations with its recreation sites and helping with fisheries patrols on the lakes,” said Sgt. Len Butler of the Cariboo Region COS.

Already local lakes have been busy with people fishing and many of the smaller lakes are prime for rainbow and brook trout, Butler said.

“Hopefully people will be abiding by the rules and regulations, getting the proper fishing licenses and catching their limit.”

Butler also warned there are plenty of black bears out and about.

“During the last two weeks we have had lots of reported sightings and complaints about bears killing livestock, getting into chicken coops and people’s garbage.”

As he does every year, Butler reminds the public to be diligent when it comes to removing attractants and garbage from being readily accessible to bears.