20 new Conservation officers take their posts around B.C.

Twenty new conservation officers have taken up their posts throughout the province -- including Duncan, Port McNeil and Haida Gwaii.

It marks the largest influx of recruits the B.C. Conservation Officer Service has had in 10 years.

The officers will fill existing vacancies and newly-funded positions in locations with the highest need and where retirements are imminent.

Environment Minister George Heyman says the B.C. government recognizes how important it is to put more boots on the ground to help protect our natural resources and wildlife, and lessen human-wildlife conflicts.

There are 160 conservation officers in 45 communities across British Columbia.

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