ATV's and other vehicles prohibited for use by hunters in wildfire areas

By The Canadian Press / Vanessa Ybarra
September 30, 2017 - 9:49am Updated: September 30, 2017 - 2:39pm

CARIBOO, B.C. — Hunters will no longer be able to use A-T-Vs and other motor vehicles in areas around three massive wildfires in the interior.

The provincial government says it's banning the use of A-T-Vs in the areas surrounding the Elephant Hill wildfire, along with the use of all vehicles in the areas of the Chilcotin Plateau and Hancevill-Riske Creek fires in the Cariboo.

Wildfires have improved sight-lines for hunters and made areas previous only accessible by foot easier for vehicles to get to, which puts remote moose and mule deer at risk.

The province says the restriction does not apply to First Nations exercising Aboriginal rights to hunt.

To view the Elephant Hill restriction map, click here.

To view the Chilcotin Plateau and Hanceville-Riske Creek restriction map, click here.

The restrictions are in place until December 10.

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