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Okanagan Forest Task Force says wildlife returning to cleaned-up illegal dumping sites

A moose was spotted on Wednesday on Postill Lake Road, where thousands of pounds of garbage and metal was removed. Okanagan Forest Task Force

Four years ago, the Okanagan Forest Task Force came to life, with a goal of cleaning up illegal dumping sites throughout the region.

Along with putting illegal dumping in the spotlight, the benefit of removing garbage from local forests is the return of wildlife in those areas, according to the task force.

On Wednesday, a moose was spotted where 37,000 pounds of material had been recently removed close to a small pond on Postill Lake Road

READ MORE: Okanagan Forest Task Force removes 37,000 pounds of material from backcountry

“This is the location where multiple vehicles were torched and dumped almost one month ago,” said Kane Blake, the task force’s president.

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“Without all the amazing volunteers, this wouldn’t have even been possible.”

READ MORE: Dash-cam catches alleged illegal dumper in the act near Kelowna

To date, the group says it has removed more than 230,000 pounds of illegally dumped garbage and metal in the backcountry.

The force is planning another cleanup in a different area and it says to keep an eye on its Facebook page if you would like to help.

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