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Canmore man charged $200 for Bobcat in creek

A bobcat that sat in Policeman's Creek in Canmore for more than two weeks has resulted in a $200 fine for a 38-year-old Canmorite.

CANMORE – A Canmore man has been fined $200 under the Town's bylaws after his Bobcat skid steer loader sat in the Policeman's Creek in Canmore for approximately 18 days.

On Dec. 11, Town of Canmore manager of enforcement services Greg Burt said his crew was notified of the incident and after working with the 38-year-old male owner of the utility vehicle, the bobcat that was stuck in the shallow creek was finally removed on Dec. 28.

Town officials said bylaw worked collaboratively and cooperatively with Alberta Parks, Canmore RCMP and the Alberta Environment Response Team.

While Burt did not comment on how the bobcat got into the creek, as the incident is still under investigation, he did say the man was charged under the Town Parks Bylaw.

Under the prohibited activities bylaw, it states "no person shall damage, deface, destroy, mark, burn, move, remove, or otherwise interfere with vegetation, grass, ground cover, soil, sand, gravel, wood or any other materials located in a park."

Parks bylaw penalties range from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $10,000. He was fined $200.

"There were no immediate environmental concerns," Burt said.