Sooke and Lake Cowichan RCMP are investigating after nearly 30 metal spikes were found inside a fallen old growth tree inside the Fairy Creek injunction area last week.
Police were alerted to the spiked tree located near the Granite Mainland Forest Service road on April 7th.
According to reports, employees with a security company located approximately 30 metal spikes that had been driven through the trunk of a fallen old growth tree and dragged from where it had been cut.
PVC piping was also found inside the log, which was intended to be used as a sleeping dragon, a device used by protestors to secure themselves to a physical structure.
Officers believe the metal spikes were intentionally placed in order to hinder forestry workers from conducting their operations in the area.
“This tactic to impede forestry operations is not only illegal, but is extremely dangerous,” said Chief Superintendent John Brewer, Gold Commander of the RCMP Community-Industry Response Group.
“We wish to remind everyone that peaceful protest can take place without a risk of harming others. In return, criminal acts such as these will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be arrested and prosecuted according to our Canadian laws.”
RCMP say they will continue to actively patrol the forestry roads and the corridor to keep them clear from obstructions.