FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In October of 2014, the COS responded to a call that a moose had been illegally shot north of Fort St. John.
The COS attended and identified 2 men from the Lower Mainland as suspects.
While investigating the moose that was killed illegally, the COS were notified of a grizzly bear that had also been illegally harvested by the same 2 men without a limited entry hunting authorization. With the help from the Williams Lake COS, the 2 men were found in the Williams Lake area and the grizzly bear was seized.
The COS submitted a report to crown counsel in 2015. They received approval for 3 charges under the BC Wildlife Act against both men for the illegal harvest of the grizzly bear.
Last week, one of the men plead guilty in New Westminster court. The man was convicted for killing wildlife not within open season and fined $5,000.00. He must pay $4000.00 of the fine to the Habitat Trust Foundation.
The second man failed to appear in court and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The COS is reminding everyone that poaching and other environmental violations can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline – 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).