A local conservation group feels any proposed vehicle restrictions in the backcountry should include everybody.
The East Kootenay Wildlife Association is reacting after the BC Government said it was looking at prohibiting vehicles for hunters to protect big game in wildfire areas.
Vice President Mark Hall is urging the province to include all recreational groups in the order.
“It doesn’t deal with non-hunters or non-licensed hunters who may choose to use motor vehicles to access areas or cause damage in habitats where access didn’t previously exist,” Hall says.
Hall agrees animal habitats need to be kept secure in the wake of area wildfires, but feels all ORVs should be included in a ban.
“Its the off-road vehicle use on all of the fire roads and guards that were constructed,” Hall says. “We feel that those access restrictions should apply to anybody using an off-road motor vehicle, not just hunters.”
The province stated earlier restrictions in the White River and Bull River area could be in place by next week.
A full backcountry closure was in place for the entire region last month, with restrictions on ORVs lifted September 20th.
– East Kootenay Wildlife Association Vice President, Mark Hall