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Forests around Kelowna could soon be filled with web cams looking for garbage dumpers

Old and broken outdoor cameras could be used as decoys while real cameras capture images of illegal garbage dumping.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/OkanaganForestTaskForce
July 09, 2020 - 6:30 AM

People who like to dump garbage in the wilderness surrounding the Central Okanagan also seem to like using web cams set up to catch them for target practice.

But a July 6 story on about the success of a new distribution of cameras has been followed by the first of what may be many donations of old, broken hunting cameras.

“Thanks to members of our Region 8 (Okanagan) hunting community, I just picked up a donated non-functional game cam to be used as a decoy/deterrent/distraction from our working cameras,” Sheila Kerr posted on the Okanagan Forest Task Force Facebook page. “There will be more coming!”

Kane Blake, the spokesman for the group that has hauled tonnes of garbage and metal from the forests over the past few years, said that past efforts to use cameras generally failed because they were shot by guns. A new strategy is being used and has already resulted in more than a dozen tickets being issued. Blake refused to provide any details about the new techniques being used.

The decoys are now being solicited on the group’s Facebook page and the suggestion has been made that people with 3D printers might be willing to print off some replica cameras for the group to deploy.

Go to the task force’s Facebook page here.

READ MORE: Hidden cameras in Okanagan forests lead to more than a dozen garbage dumping fines

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