Fort St. John man convicted for hunting-related offences

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A hunter has been ordered to pay $3,500 in fines following his conviction in Fort St. John Provincial Court.

In Sept. 2014, a landowner complained to the Conservation Office, claiming a hunter has killed an elk on his private property near Halfway River. When a Conservation Officer arrived alone, Cyril Jones disclosed that he had killed the elk, and refused to provide more information when requested. When the hunter tried to leave, the CO arrested him.

The arrest turned ugly when Jones resisted arrest and assaulted the CO.

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“It ended up being a full-blown fight,” a Conservation Officer with the North Peace Conservation Office, Micah Kneller, told Energetic City, emphasizing the extent of the incident between the two.

“The officer was able to get Jones under control, complete the arrest, and about 45 minutes later, back up showed up for him.”

Four other hunters were present, but they were not arrested or charged.

Jones was convicted of two offences under the B.C. Wildlife Act, and one offence under the Criminal Code for assaulting a Conservation Officer. The punishable offences under the B.C. Wildlife Act were ‘resisting or obstructing an officer’ and ‘possessing dead wildlife or a part of any wildlife without authorization under a licence or permit.’

Though season was open for elk hunting at the time of this incident, Jones breached the Wildlife Act for hunting a cow elk on private property without a permit. Kneller added that when he was checked, he wasn’t able to produce his hunting licence at the time he was checked.

In addition to the fines, Jones was given a two year hunting and weapon prohibition. For the Criminal Code offence, he was granted a conditional discharge with several conditions — including one year probation and 50 hours of community service.

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