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Alberta expands tattle line to include serious land abuses

The next time you see random campers leaving garbage or setting their abandoned furniture on fire in a provincial park, you can pick up the phone and put Alberta's tattle line to good use.

Reportable offenses include driving through waterways, violating bans, leaving garbage

If you see piles of garbage while you're out camping this May long weekend, let an official know at 1-800-642-3800. (Bailey White/CBC)

UPDATE: Alberta Parks says they have received numerous complaints since the expanded line launched. Listen to the interview below for more.

Alberta Parks has turned their poacher line into a tattle line for reports of bad behaviour at provincial parks. 4:55

The next time you see random campers leaving garbage or setting their abandoned furniture on fire in a provincial park, you can pick up the phone and put Alberta's tattle line to good use. 

The province wants people to report any kind of destructive behaviour in Alberta Parks to an officer through the 24/7 Report a Poacher line.

"The line itself is not new, but using the line to report serious land abuses is something that we've just introduced today," said government spokesperson Tim Chamberlin.

Land abuse fees could be as high as $1,000, include jail time

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Tim Chamberlin explains what the consequences are for violating Alberta Park rules. 0:55

Serious offenses also include mud-bogging and ripping through streams, which wreaks havoc on the land and the fish habitat, he said. 

The government plans to step up its enforcement efforts over the May long weekend and through the summer, particularly in known problem areas and those with specific bans and restrictions. 

With files from Diane Yanko

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