Province increases Wildlife Act violation fines

By Abigail Popple, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter For the first time in over 20 years, the Province has increased ticket fines for those who violate the Wildlife Act. The change, announced last Monday, more than  doubles ticket fines for violating the act. Previously, fines ranged from $115 to $575 – now, fines start as low as $345 and can cost as much as $1495. Chief Conservation Officer Cam Schely says these amounts were settled on after thorough examination of similar legislation in other jurisdictions. said “There was analysis done across Canada as well as the Western United States to help guide what are appropriate fine amounts for 2024,” Schely told The Goat in an interview. “That’s what helped guide the amounts that B.C. landed on.” Consultation with stakeholders throughout B.C….

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