Blue River business charged with violating Wildlife Act

The investigation started last summer after a complaint the company was putting food out for bears

By Jaime Polmateer

A commercial business in Blue River has been charged for feeding dangerous wildlife, more specially, bears.

The charges came after the Conservation Officer Service (COS) investigated allegations the operation was leaving out food to attract the animals.

Len Butler, inspector with the COS Thompson Cariboo Region, said there are a six charges being laid under the Wildlife Act and Forest Service Road Use Regulation, most of which deal with attracting dangerous wildlife.

“There’ll be several counts because there are several different days or times it was indicated the (operation) had contravened that act,” said Butler.

“There are some other Forest Service Road Act charges, but the main charges on the Wildlife Act are basically attracting dangerous wildlife.”

Butler added penalties for these types of offences on first conviction range from a fine upwards of $100,000 to a year in prison.

The reason penalties are so high is because it turns into a public safety issue, which increases the seriousness of these types of violations.

The COS started investigating last August after a complaint was made the operation was putting out food to attract bears.

Crown council approved the charges on May 28, which also include operating uninsured motor vehicles.

“The problem with feeding bears is they become dependent on human feeding and when the feeding stops, we know what happens from there,” Butler said.

“An example might be (this operation) is close to Blue River, obviously, and if they stop feeding those bears, we know where those bears are going to go—they’re going to be hitting the rural areas, and they’re going to be hitting the town and the other factor is, if bears become so habituated to humans coming up and feeding, you can imagine if you don’t have food with you.”

The first court appearance is on July 14 in Clearwater.

Just Posted

Barriere family airlifted to Vancouver due to carbon monoxide exposure have now returned home

A family of five from Barriere was transported to Vancouver for medical… Continue reading

TNRD renews Dangerous Dogs Contract for area

Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) Board of Directors’ meeting of Nov. 22

Milobar wants to see details of NDP’s Clean BC Plan

Jessica Wallace Kamloops This Week Environment advocates call for action from Prime… Continue reading

Sundhu new president of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo New Democrats

Candidate in 2015 will steer the riding association as another candidate is chosen for 2019 federal election campaign

Butter: to churn or not to churn? That is the Question

I was having a muffin the other day and watching myself spread… Continue reading

Tommy Chong says Canada took wrong approach to pot legalization

He also talked about the likelihood of another Cheech and Chong film

Final phase of Kelowna hospital cardiac centre completed

Finishing new recovery rooms marks completion of $381 million project

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, Goodale

Thursday’s wave of bomb threats swept across communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border

Kamloops grandparents ‘taking it easy’ after lotto win

The winning $1 million ticket was purchased Orchard Park Shopping Centre in Kelowna.

Mike Duffy can’t sue Senate over suspension without pay, judge rules

Duffy’s lawsuit sought more than $7.8 million from the upper chamber

Language on Sikh extremism in report will be reviewed, Goodale says

A public-safety ministry document indicats terrorist threats to Canada included a section on Sikh extremism for the first time

Questions raised over retailers who shame shoplifters with photos

Alleged theft from a sex shop in Newfoundland led to posts on social media

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

Most Read