There have been complaints about dogs running loose in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park and chasing wildlife

Dogs chasing park wildlife

Officials report that in one case, an off-leash dog reportedly killed a fawn

Authorities want the leash tightened on dogs terrorizing wildlife.

There have recently been complaints of dogs running loose in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park and in one case, an off-leash dog reportedly killed a fawn.

“While B.C. Parks was investigating this complaint, the same dog caught and killed a marmot at Juniper Bay as witnessed by a number of people,” says a Ministry of Environment statement.

“The owner was subsequently issued a $345 fine under the Wildlife Act.”

Val Buchanan, with the Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, is concerned about dogs running at large.

“B.C. Parks has the authority to destroy a dog for killing wildlife in any park,” she said.

Dogs are permitted in all areas of Kal park, with the exception of swimming beaches (Jade/Juniper Bays and Cosens Bay) for public health reasons.

Dogs, however, must be on a leash at all times.

“Dogs off-leash can be in danger from rattlesnake bites,” said Buchanan.

“The snakes are just on trail edges, sunning themselves in the spring and summer.”

There are two dog beaches in the park, one at the south end of Cosens Bay, the other off the Crest Trail on the way to Rattlesnake Point.

“Greater Vernon offers a number of dog parks where pets can be exercised off-leash.  One of these, Creekside Park, is located on the way to Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park,” states the ministry.

 

 

 

 

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