Police are looking for the help from the public in finding those responsible for the poisoning of about 25 trees in Mill Bay. (Submitted photo)

Police investigate tree poisoning in Mill Bay

About 25 trees have to be taken down after holes drilled, poison injected

Police in Shawnigan Lake are looking for the public’s help in determining who is responsible for the intentional poisoning of approximately 25 trees located on a private waterfront property on Mill Bay Road.

The property owners contacted the Shawnigan Lake RCMP last spring stating that the trees had numerous holes drilled in them, and it appears that a herbicide or poison was put into the holes which caused the deaths of the trees.

It’s believed that the poisonings happened some time in March.

“The loss of these trees has negatively impacted the owner of the property,” said the police in a statement. “The property owner now faces a significant cost to have the trees removed before they fall over and damage neighbouring properties. There is also the added environmental impact due to the loss of the tall mature trees.”

The Shawnigan Lake RCMP are requesting anyone with information to contact the detachment at 250-743-5514 if they have any information on this case.

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