Parks Canada is pressing charges against four winter backcountry users for entering areas that have been closed for the protection of caribou. Separate parties of two persons were discovered having trespassed in delayed access zones; one of the two groups, whose members were on snowshoes, was discovered during a regular patrol of the Maligne Lake area, said Salman Rasheed, Jasper’s acting resource conservation manager. “Our law enforcement colleagues noticed tracks [which] ducked under the tape and wandered up to the Bald Hills,” Rasheed said on January 15. The snowshoers were escorted back down to the trailhead by law enforcement staff. The Jasper Local could not confirm details about the second incident. “All matters have yet to be heard by Provincial court, therefore it would be premature to release any specific information regarding these charges at this time,” said communications officer, Steve Young. Rasheed confirmed that Parks Canada officials observed ski tracks in the Bald Hills area on two other occasions. However, in those cases the observations took place after the suspects had left the area. Portions of Jasper National Park, including the Bald Hills in the Maligne Range, are subject to delayed access restrictions until March 1. “Parks Canada continues to seek the co-operation of the general public to assist in providing the best possible conditions for conservation of Woodland caribou throughout Jasper National Park,” Young wrote in an email. The offending winter users’ court dates are set for February 11 and March 10, 2016. Canada National Parks Act offences can result in eviction, a fine or in more serious instances, arrest. The fine for entering a closed area is up to $25,000.