VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A video showing a man leaping on to the back of a moose and riding it in a northern BC lake has already got over one million hits on YouTube. And now conservation officers have launched an investigation and the man could face a hefty fine in the thousands of dollars.
Whether it’s in your local park or even your own backyard, summer is the season you’re most likely to run into wild animals and you may think they’re cute and cuddly looking, it’s best to leave them alone.
“You never want to approach them. They’re wild animals that should be wary of people and they’re also very unpredictable. You always want to give any animal an avenue of escape and you never want to box them in,” says Robin Sano, with the BC Conservation Officer Service.
Feeding smaller animals like raccoons may seem harmless but could have unforeseen consequences.
“First thing, if you’re looking at any kind of larger predator like cougars and even black bears, you don’t want to attract or feed wildlife. Especially deer or racoons because they are prey for larger animals and might attract cougars,” adds Sano.
But that’s not the only thing that could be a meal. “Pets are easy prey for cougars. You want to bring them in at night. You don’t want to feed them outside.”
And just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean they’re not around. “If you’re hiking, a lot of the animals you would ever be worried about don’t generally like large groups of people. So if you can hike in groups of two or more people, that’s great.”
Interfering with any wildlife can net you a fine and any animals that are fed by people, will be destroyed by conservation officers.