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Bylaw officers investigating after maple trees cut along Elbow River

Last Updated Mar 19, 2021 at 10:33 am MDT

Several maple trees are seen cut along a pathway near 25 Ave. and Erlton S.W.. on Mar. 18, 2021. (PHOTO: NIck Blakeney, CityNews)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – It is a mystery and now Bylaw services is investigating what happened to several maple trees along the Elbow River.

The patch of trees were cut down earlier this week along part of the river path in the community of Mission in the southwest.

The City of Calgary said it is looking into the matter but admitted it is at a loss as to who or why the trees were cut down.

The path where the trees once stood tall is near 25 Ave. and Erlton Street SW and nearby residents say they’re concerned over why anyone would deface the trees.

One of those residents is Michael Billings who frequently walks that path. He said the whole ordeal is quite baffling.

“It’s possibly people in the neighbourhood wanting to increase or improve their view. But these aren’t tall trees. It really settles with some sort of vandalism but I can’t see any rhyme or reason behind it.”

Billings added it doesn’t appear the cuts were done professionally, referring to trees in the area that have been cut or removed by city workers.

The City of Calgary has placed a sign in the area showing that Bylaw is investigating.

Any cutting, removing, moving or pruning of city trees is prohibited unless permission is granted. This includes any damage to the bark of these trees or hanging signs or objects on them.

Fines for any damage done to city owned trees can range from $100 to $500.