Slinging mud with his truck has resulted in a fine to a Kaleden resident for damaging the environment.
Penticton conservation officer Bob Hamilton said charges resulted after an investigation of a report of a 4×4 crew cab three-quarter ton pick up truck stuck overnight from March 11 to 12 in the middle of a local pond called Stinky Lake, just west of Oliver.
“The area is recognized as sensitive wildlife habitat as are all wetlands in the South Okanagan. The area is posted with signs warning that the area is protected,” said Hamilton. “The Conservation Officer Service would like to acknowledge the help of a private citizen, who wishes to remain anonymous, who documented and obtained the licence plate number of this violator.”
Just as littering and setting fires is illegal, so is adversely impacting an ecosystem. Charges can fall under the Forest and Ranges Practices Act for damaging the environment. These can result in a specified penalty ticket with a $575 fine or the violator can be compelled to attend court where there is a range of fines up to $100,000, up to one year in jail, or both, that can be assessed by a judge.
Hamilton said in this case, the Kaleden resident acknowledged his wrong-doing and accepted the violation ticket.
The Ministry of Forests and Ranges suggests joining local recreation clubs to stay informed about your rights and obligations. By contacting the office of Integrated Land Management Bureau or the Ministry of Tourism Sport and the Arts off-roaders can find the areas that are permitted to drive on.
Witnesses to environmental damage can report violations to the Report a Poacher or Polluter hotline (R.A.P.P.) 1-877-952-7277.