Police investigate metal spikes found in downed tree; “approximately 30 tree metal spikes had been driven through the trunk”

Sooke, BC – RCMP is investigating after spikes appeared to have been deliberately placed in a fallen old growth tree.

On April 7, 2022, Sooke and Lake Cowichan RCMP were alerted to a spiked tree located near the Granite Mainline Forest Service Road inside the Fairy Creek injunction area. Employees with a security company located approximately 30 tree metal spikes had been driven through the trunk of a fallen old growth tree and dragged to the area from where it had been cut.

It is believed this was intentionally placed in order to hinder forestry workers from safely conducting their operations. In addition, PVC piping was found inside the log which was intended to be used as a “sleeping dragon”, a device commonly used by protestors to secure themselves to a physical structure.

Police investigate metal spikes found in downed tree; "approximately 30 tree metal spikes had been driven through the trunk"
Police investigate metal spikes found in downed tree; “approximately 30 tree metal spikes had been driven through the trunk”

“This tactic to impede forestry operations is not only illegal, but is extremely dangerous,” said Chief Superintendent John Brewer, Gold Commander of the RCMP Community-Industry Response Group. “We wish to remind everyone that peaceful protest can take place without a risk of harming others. In return, criminal acts such as these will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be arrested and prosecuted according to our Canadian laws.”

The RCMP will continue to actively patrol the forestry roads and the corridor to ensure they remain accessible and clear of obstructions.

File # 2022-1349

Sooke RCMP

Lake Cowichan RCMP

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