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Canada: Parks ban VHF recivers.

Postby m0lsx » Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:27 pm

This is several days old, but interesting.

Parks Canada has outright banned the use or possession of VHF radio receivers in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks following suspicions people were using telemetry equipment to search for wildlife for photographs.

The restricted activity order, which came into effect on Aug. 10, means anyone caught using or possessing VHF telemetry devices to search or follow wildlife like wolves or bears could be charged and face a fine of up to $25,000 in court.

David Gummer, a wildlife ecologist with Banff National Park, said the restricted activity order was put in place to prevent disturbance, harassment and habitation of wildlife that are fitted with radio transmitters for management purposes.

“We haven’t charged anyone with following or searching for wildlife, but there have been some recent instances where the public was suspected of using telemetry for this purpose,” Gummer said.

“We want to communicate loud and clear that that’s not lawful under the National Parks Act and, ultimately, the aim is to try to reduce the potential for wildlife’s natural activities and natural behaviour to be affected.”

Parks Canada attaches radio or satellite collars to various wildlife species for management purposes. Animals such as grizzly bear 148, whose home range includes areas around the busy Banff townsite, are fitted with collars.

More recently, some members of the Bow Valley wolf pack were collared after they got a taste for human food and garbage irresponsibly left out by people, with some wolves becoming quite bold as a result.

“Our last resort management option is to capture, collar and try to manage that individual. That’s not intended to try and make it a target for members of the public to be able to follow them,” Gummer said.

“Some VHF equipment is quite readily available on the market, but even though it may be available, please remember national parks are a special place and don’t follow wildlife with it here.”

The restricted activity order also gives wardens more tools to be able to encourage compliance or lay charges.

While many wildlife photographers have high ethical standards, Parks Canada has suspected some have used telemetry devices to track wildlife, though Gummer said they “don’t necessarily know that to be the case.

“It’s also important for other members of the public to know that capturing fabulous images of wildlife in the park is a great opportunity, but needs to be done with lots of respect for wildlife.

“You are not allowed to approach or entice wildlife in the national park. If wildlife are responding to your presence or moving away, then you’re too close.”


http://www.rmoutlook.com/article/Parks-bans-private-use-of-VHF-gear-20160818
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Re: Canada: Parks ban VHF recivers.

Postby G4RMT » Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:39 pm

Clever idea - but I'd have thought preventing hunters would be more sensible that photographers! I wonder if they are advanced telemetry receivers, or just scanners?
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Re: Canada: Parks ban VHF recivers.

Postby Minus1 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:55 am

Typical abuse of the law from control freaks. If there is already legislation that prohibits people from approaching wildlife, and that isn't working. What possible use will this actually serve?
Perfectly possible to monitor such frequencies for non-criminal purpose,s such as photography or wildlife spotting.
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Re: Canada: Parks ban VHF recivers.

Postby m0lsx » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:54 am

Minus1 wrote:Typical abuse of the law from control freaks. If there is already legislation that prohibits people from approaching wildlife, and that isn't working. What possible use will this actually serve?
Perfectly possible to monitor such frequencies for non-criminal purpose,s such as photography or wildlife spotting.



I think the point is that those using such equipment in a way that disturbs wildlife, have the defence, if not caught actually disturbing wildlife, that they were not doing anything wrong. So they can simply say in court. What evidence do you have that I was disturbing them?
Under this new law, having a receiver is the offence, making it much easier to prosecute, as it removes the need for someone to actually cause a proven disturbance before anything can be done.
Don't forget, a single case of disturbance can sometimes be all that it takes to stop a breeding pair from producing offspring & in a fragile species, that happening every few years could be all that it takes to push them closer to, or even into, extinction.
And don't forget those who protect the wildlife would also have to be to close to the wildlife when proving someone else is too close. At face value, this simply makes it possible to prosecute someone on reasonable grounds. Lets be honest, a transceiver or a scanner cannot track wildlife very efficiently at all without a directional antenna. So this does not look to be designed as an anti radio law. It looks much more like a lets stop those going out equipped law. A lets stop them before they do the damage law.
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Re: Canada: Parks ban VHF recivers.

Postby Minus1 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:24 pm

Next you know, these idiots will ban binoculars, because they too might be used by those planning illegal activity.
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