STRAY BULLET DANGER POSES SAFETY RISK IN COWICHAN RIVER PROVINCIAL PARK
bullet holes found in trees IN PARK, OUTSIDE OF GUN CLUB BOUNDARIES
Hiking off trails in parts of the park near the shooting range is risky. Numerous bullet strikes and slugs embedded in trees have been found and photographed east of the range backstops and up to 60 metres beyond the active range area that is fenced and posted with signs. One tree alone had 3 bullets visibly embedded. Safety areas are very important considerations in outdoor range design, and these findings are clear evidence that all projectiles are not contained within the active range area.
This situation creates risk to anyone who may enter the area and is a risk to occupied residences beyond the park. Unlike other well run gun clubs, there are no paid safety officers patrolling the grounds when the range is open.
See map below for proximity of the gun club to the Cowichan River, trails, parks, and residences. Click the map for larger image.