Hello, I am very much concerned about vandalism in Blythwood Park, Toronto. A young man, 23-24 years old, comes with a big hunting knife on a regular basis and cuts junior trees (firs, pines, maples, dogwood, etc.) and cuts low branches of big trees (up to 8-9 feet, he is a very tall man) severely damaging trunks and bark of the trees. The Blythwood Park was a beautiful, clean, well maintained forest before the man appeared a month ago. And now the forest is full of poor damaged trees and of cut trees and branches on the ground. I can't believe that this vandal is untouchable by law. Is he? Thank you. Galina XXXX, retired, volunteer.
Yes, I did tell the police that the man cut and damaged trees.
And I repeat, surprisingly, the police officer said: "It's all right, because he did not threaten YOU with the knife".
The vandalism increased severely after I had been to the Police Headquarters 10 days ago.
Thank you. I will certainly follow all of your advices.
But I have a question (I need your answer to justify my further action):
Please tell me what section of Canada (or Ontario) Law speaks of tree damaging on public property. I need exact reference/number/name of the law.
One more thing: I am certainly is the only witness of the man performance - he is careful, he operates in the middle of the forest, and when nobody is around. I could catch him only because working in the forest I watched visitors, I knew he comes at 6 - 6.30 PM (some day he cut my chair, backpack, even my dog's leash between 6 and 6.30 when I worked in some other part of the forest leaving my things unattended).
And I am not sure I will have the courage to take his picture, but I remember his appearance very well.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX hope there is something more specific concerning parks, urban forestry, etc.