03/04/2015 01:33 EST | Updated 05/04/2015 05:59 EDT

Prince Rupert RCMP crack down on illegal gun range along Highway 16

Police are cracking down on a backwoods shooting range just south of Prince Rupert, B.C., towards Port Edward, which they say is gaining in popularity.

"If one of these rounds — especially from a high powered rifle — was to be shot in an inappropriate direction, the close proximity to [Highway 16], it could very well pose extreme hazard to passing motorists," RCMP constable Matt Ericson told Daybreak North's Carolina de Ryk.

"We're starting to see more activity out there. People are using it more regularly. With that increased use the risk to public safety does go up."

Ericson said police are trying to make people aware it's illegal to shoot at the area — and is asking anyone who does see someone using the illegal range to call police at 250-627-0700 or call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

To hear the full interview with Constable Matt Ericson, click the audio labelled: Police crack down on backwoods shooting range.