Submitted by Patricia Burley, Conservation Officer of the East Kootenay Zone
Under the Wildlife Act of British Columbia, all hunting and shooting in British Columbia is prohibited within 100 meters of a church, school yard, playground, residence, farm or ranch building occupied by persons or domestic animals. The only exception to this is the owner, occupier or person with permission from the owner or occupier. They may discharge a firearm in the aforementioned area. This legislation is quite clear. A person cannot shoot a firearm or bow, or do any sort of hunting within 100 meters of any building, be it a house, church or school yard, unless permission is granted by the owner or occupier of the property or properties affected.
The Conservation Officer Service wishes to remind the public that if they witness or become aware of an environmental or fish and wildlife related infraction, to please report it by calling 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP). Callers may remain anonymous if they wish, and they may be eligible for a reward.