BC Conservation Officer Service
Access Management Compliance and Enforcement Program (AMCEP) September Report
Compiled by Conservation Officer Patricia Burley September 1-30, 2012
East Flathead – view of Middle Kootenay Pass from the AB/BC boarder Sept 12/12
The September Access Management Compliance and Enforcement Program (AMCEP) Report is the fifth report for the 6 month period completed by Conservation Officer Burley. The following information is some highlights from the previous months work. CO Burley’s conducted her AMA Project in the Upper and East Flathead, Upper Wigwam, Wigwam Flats, Upper Elk Valley, Grave Prairie, Chauncey/Todhunter and Alexander Creek AMA‘s on August 31-September 2. New seasonal road closures and the bow hunting season took effect during these dates. Three Conservation Officers and three BC Park Rangers took part in the weekend’s project. The patrols were all conducted by foot, ATV and truck. A trail cam and special video surveillance was utilized in this project. The video surveillance equipment takes footage from ground vibration and above ground movement. The following is a breakdown of the contacts made during the project. August 31 – East Flathead and Alexander Creek AMA patrolled. 3 hunters checked and 2 others Total – 5 checked September 1 - Upper Elk Valley/Fording, Chauncey/Todhunter, Grave Prairie and East Flathead AMA’s patrolled. 9 - 4X4, 10 - anglers, 29 - hunters and 4 - others Total – 52 checked 1 -196/99 sec 2 charge (AMA) 1 -96/99 sec 2 warning (AMA) 1 -LCA sec 44 warning Total – 3 tickets September 2 – Alexander Creek - ATV, East Flathead, Upper Wigwam, and Wigwam Flats AMA’s patrolled. 24 - 4X4, 17 - anglers, 10 - hunters and 4 - others Total – 55 1-FSRR 70/2004 warning ticket TOTAL people checked: 112 4 Tickets issued.
Figure 1: Alexander AMA – Crown Mountain Trail September long weekend.
Most (90%) ATV’s checked were non residents of BC, most anglers were residents and all hunters were residents. CO Connatty and Sgt Caravetta caught a side by side ATV on the top of Middle Pass which is in the East Flathead AMA closure. They were from AB which means they went through their AB Castle Closure and into the BC Closure. The video surveillance was utilized in Deadman’s Pass (Alexander Creek AMA) from Aug 31-September 5. There were approximately 1500 triggers, most of which were from the wind, but so far the COS is aware of 7 separate ATV’s that were in the closure caught on camera, a couple of which were hunters. Final pictures and videos will be passed onto CO Burley in the next couple weeks from the Surveillance Specialist. It is now known that if a CO sees fit to seize an ATV in a closure that is too remote to pick up by truck, the COS can have a helicopter fly in to sling it out. It was nice to have BC Parks by the COS’s side making contact with people and getting the AMA information out. AMA Magazines were given out to recreationist during all checks.
Figure 2: AB resident’s recreating in the Alexander AMA Sept Long Weekend.
Figure 3: Recreationists in the Alexander AMA.
CO Burley patrolled the Alberta Castle Mountain Non Motorized Closure with the Alberta SRD Access Guardian Aaron Daviduke on September 12th. It was an opportunity to have a greater partnership with the neighbouring agencies on the same non compliance issues. CO Burley and Daviduke patrolled by ATV from the Castle Mountain Staging area through the Castle Special Management Area designated summer trails to the Middle Kootenay Pass Summit in the East Flathead AMA. A group of 15 hikers from a high school group were checked hiking out of the East Flathead where they had camped for a night at a remote lake. A new metal post and AMA sign was constructed at the Summit for AB residents to see while they are in non compliance in
the Alberta closed road. 3 ATV berry pickers were checked at the AB closed gate where they were hiking into the summit for huckel berries. The road past the gate has been heavily abused, where people continue into BC to the East Flathead Middle Pass road closure. While in Alberta, CO Burley drove to Pincher Creek where she dropped off a BC AMA file for Fish and Wildlife Officers to investigate for AB residents that were caught on Middle Pass on the September Long weekend that drove through the Castle Mountain closed road. This was a goal of Burley’s to have an interprovincial relationship built between the COS, AB SRD and AB Fish and Wildlife. CO Burley and AB Guardian Daviduke will continue to brainstormed ideas with each other to see what works and what does not work when trying to gain voluntarily compliance from the motorized recreationists.
Figure 4: CO Burley on an ATV Patrol to the East Flathead from AB.
Figure 5: CO Burley and AB SRD Access Guardian Daviduke at the Castle Mountain Staging Area.
Figure 6: AB/BC Boarder of Middle Pass, new post and sign constructed.
CO Burley was selected to take part in the Evolution of Policing ‘Celebrating 100 years of Women in Policing’ in Richmond, BC on September 24-26thas a representative for the Conservation Officer Service. The Vancouver Police Department took leadership in organising the celebration event after a group of Vancouver police women attended a “Women Policing” conference in Ottawa in 2009. There were approximately 200 women that took part in the conference from across Canada and the western United States. Some of the agencies that took part were the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, RCMP from across Canada, Chilliwack Police, Vancouver State Police and the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). The VPD assembled a diverse list of speakers and topics that lead the participants through the “Evolution of Policing”. The VPD was the first police agency in Canada to hire women in 1912; two women were hired. VPD was the 3rd Agency in the world to hire women. Their officer duties were different then, but changed in time to be more equal, 1957 they had wage parity with their male colleagues. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) hired their first female in 1972 and the RCMP followed hiring their first female officer in 1974. Even at that time female officers had to wear a skirt and carry their gun in their purse. The Conservation Officer Service hired their first female CO in 1983, who is currently an Inspector with the Interior Region. Some of the speakers that were highlighted were Retired Anne Drennan from the RCMP who explained her life story how she evolved into policing and the struggles she went through as the first prominent media spokeswomen for a policing agency in Canada. Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana, Jr from the Gretna Police Department in the State of Louisiana told his emotional and personal experiences that his agency went through during Hurricane Katrina. Deputy Lisa Mcvey with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office told her sad history of her adolescents where she was abducted and abused by a serial killer that she escaped from and help eventually catch which lead her to where she is today. The conference was educational for CO Burley who also took the opportunity to meet and explain to other enforcement agencies the priorities and diversity that the Conservation Officer Service protects and enforces.
Figure 7: Evolution of Policing 2012 in Vancouver, BC. With the hunting season in full swing, more RAPP complaints are coming into the call centre regarding vehicles driving in AMA closed roads. CO Burley has responded to a number of reports where she patrols the most abused areas. Chauncey/Todhunter, Corbin and Grave Prairie seem to be the busiest for complaints. AMA signs and gates have been check to make sure they are up and locked. Too many signs are still going missing and a couple locks have been cut where truck or quad tracks are visible going into the closures. Early morning patrols are being conducted. During night patrols two Officers need to work together for safety purposes, which is sometimes hard to do. CO Burley and another CO plan to conduct some night patrols in the AMA within the most non compliance areas. Too many hunters believe that there is nothing wrong with killing animals in an AMA and then driving into the closed road to pick it up. This is a misconception that CO Burley plans on clarifying by putting the information in the newspaper. While CO Burley has been proactively patrolling, she has come across a number of fish and wildlife violations that she has been able to deal with at the sites. Paper work is always associated with the outcomes, but the new lap tops are now in the vehicles which will help with limiting the office time. CO Burley continues to receive educational AMA questions from public in person or by phone. The COS has been receiving a high number of complaints with shot and left illegal sized bull elk. CO Burley has a weekly column in the Fernie Free Press on legality and regulation during the hunting season “Tips from the Conservation Officers”. One of the first articles was written on what to do with accidentally illegal sized animals. People need to be aware of the options they have, not to waste an animal. The salvation army in Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford have all received wildlife meat that has either been seized from hunters or found and harvested in time. Most animals are left to waste in the bush, many never to be found. People are reminded to pass on information on suspicious peop
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