Trail sabotage incidents relatively rare: RCMP
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Trail sabotage incidents relatively rare: RCMP

On the heels of a potential case of off-road trail sabotage in the Porcupine Hills area, RCMP say such incidents are relatively rare.

Police were notified Sunday about a group of dirt bikers who encountered barbed wire strung between trees along off-road trails east of Fort Macleod.

One of the riders told Postmedia that his friend had to duck under his handlebars at the last minute to avoid the wire.

No one was seriously injured in the incident.

A social media post about the incident accused "psychopathic (off-highway vehicle) hating radicals" of being behind the sabotage. The post had been shared more than 17,000 times by Tuesday afternoon.

But RCMP say it's still too early to say who was behind the incident.

"It would be too soon to speak to motives on something like this. I would urge people not to jump to any conclusions," said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Curtis Peters.

Peters said incidents like the one reported Sunday are relatively rare.

Fort Macleod RCMP say one similar incident was reported last September in the Porcupine Hills area. No one was hurt in that incident.

In 2016, a B.C. woman was sentenced to three years probation for booby-trapping mountain bike trails on Vancouver's North Shore. 

source : Calgary SUN
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