A Sechelt man has been fined $900 under the BC Wildlife Act for attracting dangerous wildlife to a premise.
In April 2020, the Conservation Officer Service launched an investigation after a complaint involving photos and video on social media of a family unit of bears attracted to a birdfeeder and a large pile of grain at a residence.
Conservation officers had been monitoring bear activity in the area, after a family unit of bears approached two children playing in a backyard.
COs also conducted bear attractant patrols in the area, issuing several warnings and tickets.
The bears subsequently moved on.
The majority of the fine – $800 – will go to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.
Garbage, pet food, bird seed and other attractants should be securely stored to help prevent bears and other wildlife from accessing them, which can create a public safety risk.