A drone harasses adult eagles guarding their chicks in Nanaimo in 2015

UPDATE: Drone pilot fined $230 for buzzing eagle nest

Witness reported drone harassment, 'adult and baby eagles extremely agitated,' culprit caught and convicted

A Vancouver Island resident has been convicted for harassing an eagle’s nest by buzzing it with a remote controlled drone.

The unnamed offender was fined $230 after disputing a ticket for the incident in Nanaimo provincial court last week. A Justice of the Peace reduced the fine from the original $345 ticket issued under the B.C. Wildlife Act.

The incident took place at a waterfront park in Nanaimo in 2015, said Chris Doyle, deputy chief of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service.

“A witness reported this to the COS and observed that the adult eagles as well as the baby eagles were extremely agitated by the drone,” Doyle said.

It is an offence under the B.C. Wildlife Act to harass wildlife with a vehicle or mechanical device.

The province’s policy is not to identify people who are issued tickets by conservation officers. Suspects in more serious violations are referred to police and ordered to appear in court.

 

Just Posted

Rental, condo supply grows in Maple Ridge

More projects planned for downtown

Man charged in 2018 hit-and-run in Maple Ridge

Michael Howard Thomas was charged on July 19 in provincial court

Feds chip in $702k to kickstart new daycare program

Will provide 462 new spaces in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

B.C. teacher suspended for professional misconduct

Grade 8 shop teacher admits to use of vulgar language and profanities toward students

Northern B.C. double homicide, suspicious death: A timeline of what we know

Two teens from Port Alberni are now wanted Canada-wide in connection to the three deaths

B.C. wine industry legend Harry McWatters dies

Among his accomplishments, McWatters founded the province’s first estate winery, Sumac Ridge Estate

Provincial health body refuses to release full findings of cancer triage system audit

Information and Privacy Commissioner asked to review redactions

Southern resident killer whale died of blunt trauma, likely from ship

J34 was found more than two years ago near Sechelt, but the necropsy findings have now been released

B.C. rail crossing death highlights risks for people in wheelchairs: watchdog

Transportation Safety Board points to ‘persistent risks faced by persons using assistive devices’

B.C. teens wanted in double homicide, suspicious death spotted in Manitoba

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were thought to have been seen in the Gillam area

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Most Read