Be Vigilant: Cougars & Hunters Are Around

Cougars:

Last week a resident saw a cougar run across the road at the Bullmoose statue.

Today, someone was walking 3 dogs on the extension of Bullmoose Trail, which is the gravel road leading to the cutline, and one of his dogs was attacked by a cougar. Fortunately, one of his other dogs ran towards the cougar and scared it away.  The owner was shaken up and the dog had a few scratches.

For information on cougars and how to avoid or manage an encounter:  http://www.rdosmaps.bc.ca/min_bylaws/PublicWorks/WildSafeBC/LivingWithWildlifeInBC/Cougar.pdf

Hunters:

Hunting season is upon us and hunters are out in full-force.  One resident suggested that residents avoid walking on crown land at this time of the year.

Also, some residents have reported seeing spent shell casings in our area.  Others have heard gunshots that sound too close to be fired from the adjoining crown land.

If you know who to call if you see illegal hunting activities, please comment at the end of this post.

Stay Safe!

Patti – Webmaster

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4 Responses to Be Vigilant: Cougars & Hunters Are Around

  1. Sandra Wouters says:

    Hi There, the Conservation number is 1-800-663-9453 as I had to call them on Tuesday for an illegal dump of a small deer that was wrapped in clear poly and tuck taped…very disturbing. There shouldn’t be hunting allowed anywhere in this area!!!

  2. Sandra Wouters says:

    Oh and it was left at Bobcat Court next to the mailboxes!!!

  3. Patti says:

    Thanks Sandra! I just got back from the mailboxes on Bobcat and also wondered who to call about it. Poor thing!

    Here’s a report from Irvin on his experience:

    In 2010 I had a hunter kill a buck just below our place at the back, claiming he didn’t know it was private land yet our house and sheds were in plain view from the top of the hill out back, and he shot the deer from that hilltop. Anyway, I didn’t know what to do as I confronted the guy walking across the top of our land and at that time, didn’t know he had killed the deer. Long story short, I should have handled the rest differently and sent an email to the following asking for advice. I’m not sure if Bob is still the conservation officer.

    CONSERVATION OFFICER
    BOB HAMILTON
    Phone: 1-250-8211
    Email: bobhamilton@gov.bc.ca
    Toll Free: 1-877-952-7277
    Here’s the advice he gave me.
    The best way of dealing with this is through the legal system. It is highly unlikely an enforcement officer will witness the event, so what you need to do is to observe, record and report. Prior to the hunting season, ensure that your land is posted for “no trespassing” or “no hunting”. Having a camera handy is an excellent tool to identify the culprit and document what happened. Confronting the individual is dangerous and usually does not result in anything concrete. If you choose to confront and you ask for his name. this is good but he is under no legal compulsion to identify himself to you. He may also give you a phony name. Tempers make prosecution difficult. It would be better to drive over to locate the violator’s vehicle and record his licence plate number. Report it immediately. 1-877-952-7277 (24 hrs a day). Write up a paragraph or two as to what you saw or heard and where the violator was on your property and pass this onto the investigating officer.

    If a violation has taken place and you have the licence plate number, description of the vehicle and a description of the shooter, we will follow up. The deer will then be seized and the shooter charged. There will be an additional charge of unlawful possession of dead wildlife, (hence let him take the deer). The seized meat is distributed to the local food bank. I admit there is a follow-up issue with out of area hunters, as there are very few conservation officers to deal with this, especially should the shooter be from a long distance away. If the hunter is from the Okanagan, it will be processed fairly quickly, usually at the shooters home. If you document it properly, he will not get away with it!

    You do have the right to order a person to leave your property immediately, but then you are left with a dead deer on your property. You do not have legal ownership of this deer and you yourself could put yourself in a situation of unlawful possession of dead wildlife. It is not yours to use or give away. There is also the issue of the meat spoiling with improper processing if you chase the hunter off.

  4. Hilda says:

    @ Sandra Wouters, did the conservation officer say that they would come out to ‘deal’ with the body? It is really starting to ‘stink’ (literally). Did the conservation dept say anything about us digging a hole and putting this in it? Do we need to wait for them to come out? Really surprised that other animals haven’t come to ‘help themselves’ to the body…….

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