Tie Lake man paying for Wildlife Act offences
A Tie Lake resident has been fined $14,000 after pleading guilty in Provincial Court to several Wildlife Act offences.
The conviction follows a BC Conservation Officer Services (COS) investigation, which commenced in September 2016.
The COS received a complaint that a white-tailed doe deer had been shot with a .22 calibre rifle near Tie Lake and was still alive. Conservation Officers (COs) attended and located the injured deer, which died a short time later.
COs located a suspect who admitted to shooting the deer to haze it from eating his flowers. CO’s determined the deer had been shot with a .22 calibre rifle.
During the course of the investigation COs determined that the suspect had also shot and killed a black bear in his yard in June of 2015. The male suspect was charged with eight counts under the Wildlife Act.
The male pleaded guilty to five counts: hunt without a licence; hunt without consideration times two; fail to retrieve wildlife; hunt or carry a firearm without a licence required by regulation. A total of $7,700 from the fine was ordered to be paid the to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the BC Conservation Officer Service reported on Facebook this morning (April 18).
In addition to the fines, the Tie Lake resident has been handed a five-year hunting suspension, a five-year hunting prohibition and his firearms are forfeited.
Poaching and other environmental violations can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline 1-877-952-RAPP(7277).