Reporting poachers, backwoods garbage dumpers made easy with B.C. Wildlife Federation phone app

November 28, 2016 – InfoTel

The B.C. Wildlife Federation has launched a UBC Okanagan-designed app that makes it easier for outdoor enthusiasts to report infractions.

Users of the Conservation App use their cell phones to take geo-referenced, time-stamped photos or videos of poachers, illegal dumpers and those who drive vehicles where prohibited. Reports made through the app are sent to the Federation for review and then forwarded to the appropriate agency.

The app was created by the Spatial Information for Community Engagement Lab at UBC Okanagan at the same time a group of Kelowna locals started a volunteer task force to cleanup backwoods shooting ranges.

The Wildlife Federation says the app will increase the “ears and eyes” of enforcement agencies with up-to-date reports that could be used in investigations.

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