07/23/2015 10:15 EDT | Updated 07/23/2016 05:59 EDT

Parks Canada Wants Public To Report Tourists Who Feed Wildlife

BANFF, Alta. — Parks Canada wants people to report tourists who feed wildlife in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.

Jim Mamalis, a Parks Canada spokesman, says the problem is getting worse.

He says some people don't realize that feeding wildlife makes the animals more prone to being killed by vehicles.

Mamalis says park visitors can use their smart phones to record license plate numbers and images of people feeding wildlife and then report incidents at 1-888-WARDENS.

Last year a person was caught on film feeding a black bear along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park and was subsequently charged.

The person pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000. (CHQR)

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