British Columbia Man Convicted, Fined for ‘Harassing Wildlife’ with UAS

The Conservation Officer Service (COS), a Canadian government organization based out of North Vancouver, British Columbia, has convicted a Vancouver Island man for “harassing nesting eagles” with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) last year.

According to a Facebook news post from the organization, the man was convicted and fined C$230 on Oct. 21. The flight took place in May 2015 at a “waterfront city park in Nanaimo.”

“A concerned nature photographer observed the drone operating in close proximity to a nest occupied by adult and baby bald eagles and reported the incident to the COS,” the organization says.

“The eagles were extremely agitated by the drone, and at one point, a flightless baby climbed out the nest and sat on the edge where it was at risk of falling.”

The COS notes the illegality of “harass[ing] wildlife with a vehicle or other mechanical device,” with harassment including “causing any adverse reaction or behavior in wildlife.”

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