The B.C. Conservation Officer Service says it handed out multiple fines after checking nearly 200 people during an enforcement blitz on Vancouver Island over the November long weekend.
Eight violation tickets were handed out to drivers for transporting a loaded firearm between Nov. 11 and 13, according to the BCCOS.
A fine was also issued to a driver for carrying open alcohol in a vehicle, while another ticket was issued to someone for failing to comply with conditions of a hunting licence.
Besides the fines, conservation officers say they also handed out several written warnings, including one to a novice driver who was transporting too many passengers, as they are legally only allowed to take one passenger who is not an immediate family member or a licecned supervisor.
The fines were handed out as part of “hunting compliance checks” being done across the Island over the three-day weekend.
During the checks, conservation officers met with nearly 200 people, 85 of whom were hunters, according to the BCCOS.
The BCCOS adds that over the long weekend, conservation officers helped RCMP locate two missing hunters who were overdue to return from their hunting trip.
“The patrols also led to an investigation into the unlawful harvesting of wildlife, which continues,” said the conservation service in a social media post Tuesday.
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Last week, the BCCOS said a man was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a $11,000 fine after he unlawfully killed a black bear cub and sow in Tofino.
The man was sentenced on Nov. 6 in what was a “precedent-setting case,” according to the BCCOS.
The killing itself happened more than two years ago in October 2021.
With files from CHEK’s Ethan Morneau