Conservation officers issued 16 tickets – totalling more than $8,000 in fines – on the weekend to 14 people for using motor vehicles in an area near Pemberton that is closed to the public for the protection of grizzly bears.
Those charged were occupants of four pickup trucks and two UTV’s.
Conservation officers found that despite signage warning people of the closures, many people were found within the closure area accessing the Meager Hot Springs. That area too is closed to the public.
Conservation Officers were patrolling to enforce the Motor Vehicle Prohibition Regulation under the B.C. Wildlife Act.
Conservation Officers issued 16 charges. 14 charges were issued under the Wildlife Act; 2 charges were issued under the Off-Road Vehicle Act; and three warnings were also given.