A Vancouver Island man who posted photos of himself feeding Timbits and hot dogs to bears on social media has been fined $2,000 and ordered to stay 50 metres away from bears for six months.
Last week, Randy Scott pleaded guilty in a Fort Nelson courtroom to violating the B.C. Wildlife Act while in northern B.C.
B.C.’s Wildlife Act states a person must not intentionally feed or attempt to feed dangerous wildlife.
Conservation officer Shawn Brinsky the acting conservation inspector for the Peace River region, says Scott had been posting pictures on social media of himself feeding bears along the Alaska Highway since 2017.
On one occasion, a conservation officer patrolling the highway encountered Scott and a woman feeding a bear from their car.
Charges were laid against the two last October after the B.C. Conservation Officer Service investigated the incidents. The woman accompanying Scott had the charges against her stayed on Tuesday.
With files from CBC