Violation ticket fines increasing to strengthen wildlife protection

By Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship
Government of British Columbia
June 17, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Those who commit offences that harm wildlife and fish, including illegal hunting and angling, will soon face higher fines. The new fine amounts better reflect the serious nature of these offences and recognize the importance of wildlife to everyone living in British Columbia. Fines under the Wildlife Act and its regulations have not been substantially updated in more than two decades. Effective June 18, 2024, the new fines for violation tickets range from $345 to $1,495, a significant increase from the current range of $115 to $575. …Violations of the Wildlife Act can have negative impacts on fish and wildlife and the habitats they rely on to survive and thrive. Other offences include: unlawful trapping, hunting and angling; hunting without a licence; operating a motor vehicle in an area where motor vehicles are prohibited; damage to wildlife habitat; and illegal trafficking of wildlife.

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