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Farmers' fields are not for snowmobiling, warn OPP

Orillia Detachment has received a number of complaints from farmers frustrated by trespassing sledders
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The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have received complaints from farmers in the area regarding snowmobilers trespassing on private property which includes farmers' fields.

Snowmobilers in the area are no doubt excited about the amount of snow accumulation we have had over the past few weeks. In the area the Orillia OPP polices there are lots of lakes, trails and fields however, some of those fields are farm fields. Farm land is private land in which snowmobilers cannot access unless they request permission from the land owners first.

There are many issues with trespassing on farm land. Firstly, it is trespassing which is an offence, secondly it can damage the soil and lands below and lastly there are often times fences and other obstacles farmers put on their land to assist with farming duties which can be dangerous to snowmobilers.

Farmers work hard to make sure there is food for our grocery stores and other valuable commodities that we all take for granted, let's make their lives easier by not trespassing.

Snowmobiling is a fun winter activity for the whole family or for enthusiasts who like thrills and excitement. Part of this fun is being safe and responsible. We all have a duty to be courteous while participating in our favourite activities.

The Orillia OPP is committed to public safety and crime prevention. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

You can submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.