More Conservation Service resources needed

Overshadowed by the ugliness of the illegal elk slaughter on Vancouver Island is how few Conservation Service officers there are.

The stakes have been raised in the hunt for the person or people illegally killing elk in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

Two more entities—a private business and the Coastal BC Guide Outfitters Association—have added to the already hefty reward for information about the elk kill, raising the total to $31,000.

This isn’t just about a few dead animals: the poachers are threatening a way of life for First Nations on the West Coast, and more importantly are threatening the existence of a dwindling number of Roosevelt Elk on Vancouver Island.

We are fortunate in the ACRD that so many of our local First Nations have teamed up and taken an active role in trying to solve this unnecessary slaughter of elk.

We hope the perpetrators are caught and soon—before the slaughter completely eradicates all efforts to sustain the elk herds on the West Coast.

Another point that has been raised is how few conservation officers there are patrolling such a large territory.

We have tremendous respect for the job these officers already do in our region, but with such precious natural resources to protect, they must have more of their own resources.

Sergeant Ben York and his team have put countless hours into this investigation already and we applaud their effort.

We think it’s a shame conservation’s area of responsibility has grown while their numbers have shrunk.

Alberni Valley News

Just Posted

Retired NHL referee Rob Shick heads to BC Sports Hall of Fame

Shick got his first licks at refereeing in small Port Alberni rink

Vancouver Island wife brings husband back to life with CPR, thanks to 911 dispatcher

‘The only reason he was alive was that 10 minutes of CPR before paramedics got there’

Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni hopes to ‘raise the reds’

Lily Diotte of Swale Rock Cafe is fundraising to replace the theatre’s red curtains

Alberni’s development soccer program doubles in size

Development practice had hardly started, but there were already more than 30… Continue reading

Catalyst Paper to sell U.S. mills to Chinese company

Sale will allow company to focus on B.C. interests, says president Ned Dwyer

Trans Mountain pipeline: Is it worth the risk?

Concerns range from the threat of an oil spill to the impact of tanker traffic on wildlife

B.C. to spend $181M to create 200 general practitioner jobs

Jobs will go to new medical school graduates

Federal leaders trade barbs about India trip at press gallery dinner

Justin Trudeau’s infamous trip to India earlier this year was the focus of many of the jabs

B.C. VIEWS: Our poverty reduction plan is already in place

NDP has another promise it needs to appear to keep

WestJet pilot strike averted as parties agree to mediation

Pilots had warned they could go on strike starting May 19

Out of control wildfire prompts restriction around Allie Lake

One of the first large wildfires of the 2018 season is blazing out of control

Most Read