VICTORIA — An emaciated cougar that tried to enter a West Kootenay home through a window attacked and injured a conservation officer this week in British Columbia. Deputy chief Chris Doyle of the Conservation Officer Service said Tuesday it’s the first time in his two-decade career that an officer has been injured by a cougar. “Fortunately, it’s very unusual but it’s a good reminder of the risks officers face when they’re responding to various human-wildlife conflicts,” he said in a conference call. The officer is based in Castlegar and first responded to a call of a pickup truck that hit an adult cougar near the Village of Salmo shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday. The cougar was severely injured and the officer had to euthanize the animal before receiving calls of another cougar trying to enter a home 10 kilometers away. Doyle said while investigating the incident at the home, the officer was attacked by the emaciated juvenile cougar without provocation and had to kill it to stop the attack.
WHITEHORSE - A poacher from Whitehorse has been sentenced to a six-month sentence to be served in the community and ordered to pay $20,000. Jonathan Ensor pleaded guilty to 18 infractions of the Wildlife Act, including poaching a bison, deer, elk, mountain sheep and caribou, mostly in the fall of 2015. Ensor, 34, has also been banned from hunting or even accompanying others hunting in the territory for 20 years. Ensor's actions were intentional, and he made many attempts to conceal his illegal hunting, territorial court Judge Mike Cozens said during the sentencing hearing. Cozens said all Yukon residents have a duty to report suspicious or illegal activity because the size and remoteness of the territory means it's impossible for the limited number of conservation officers to cover the region. For the first three months of Ensor's sentence, he is to be confined to his home except to go to work. In the final three months, he must be at home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., except for work. The $20,000 is to be paid in two years and directed to the territory's Turn in Poachers and Polluters tip line.
A cheetah is seen near Creston, B.C. in this undated handout photo. Two people have been charged more than a year after a cheetah was spotted wandering the snowy roads in southeastern British Columbia. The B.C. Conservation Officers Service says Earl Pfeifer and Carol Plato have each been charged with one count of possessing an alien species without a permit, which is an offence under the Controlled Alien Species Regulation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, B.C. Convservation Officer Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
CRESTON, B.C. - Two people have been charged more than a year after a cheetah was spotted wandering the snowy roads in southeastern British Columbia. The B.C. Conservation Officers Service says Earl Pfeifer and Carol Plato have each been charged with one count of possessing an alien species without a permit, which is an offence under the Controlled Alien Species Regulation. RCMP in Creston, B.C., have said the large cat was spotted along Highway 3A on Dec. 17, 2015, and a witness told police the animal was wearing an orange collar.
B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service is seeking the public’s assistance in tracking down the person or people responsible for killing a 700- to 800.-lb, five-point male Roosevelt elk last month. The animal was found near Vickers Creek in the northeast part of upper Pitt Lake. Photograph By Submitted Photo
There has been a setback in the effort to re-establish the Roosevelt elk population in the upper Pitt Lake area after a poacher or poachers shot and killed one of the animals late last month. Now, B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service is on the hunt for the person or people responsible and is asking the public for any information that could help in the investigation. “We think most likely… there are other people out there that know about this but aren’t saying anything,” said conservation officer Robin Sano. “We are requesting information from anyone that may have seen any suspicious activity.
In May of 2015, a concerned nature photographer spotted a drone operating in close proximity to a nest occupied by adult and baby bald eagles at a Nanaimo waterfront park. He says the eagles were extremely agitated by the small unmanned aerial vehicle and at one point, a flightless baby climbed out of the nest and sat on the edge where it was at risk of falling. The man reported the incident to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service and Friday the drone’s operator was convicted of harassing the nesting eagles. The Vancouver Island man was handed a $230 fine.
Paolo Adragna pleaded guilty to violating the terms and conditions of a commercial fishing licence and was fined $18,000. On Oct. 1, 2015, a conservation officer with the Southern Marine Enforcement Unit and port observer with the Lake Erie Management Unit inspected Adragna’s vessel the Kimmy Sue in Kingsville. The officer discovered and seized 76 yellow perch gill nets and a log book for further examination. The ministry said 40 of the gill nets had undersized mesh, a violation of Adragna’s licence conditions.
There are 25 officers from around Saskatchewan cycling from Saskatoon to Regina. The group departed from Saskatoon Police HQ on Friday morning. Sgt. Patrick Barbar expects the group will arrive in Regina late Saturday afternoon. They will attend a ceremony Sunday at the Legislative Building for National Police and Peace Officers Memorial Day. Their journey — with a stopover in Watrous — will be more than 300 kilometres.
RCMP Sgt. Shannon Haggarty hugs Luca Bourdages, son of slain Mountie Marc Bourdages. Cst. Bourdages and Cst. Robin Cameron, are just two of the 71 Saskatchewan officers being honoured during the Ride to Remember. (Devin Heroux/CBC
Eric Martin comes off as a man of few words. Perhaps it is because he doesn’t need many on a day like Sunday, as he stands in front of the Saskatchewan legislative building awaiting the start of the police and peace officers memorial ceremony. It’s a day to remember those who lost their lives protecting the public. Martin says he comes every year. Why? “Respect,” he says. “It’s just something I was brought up with, I guess.”