15-year hunting ban and $10K penalty for man who baited, killed B.C. grizzly

15-year hunting ban and $10K penalty for man who baited, killed B.C. grizzly
This Aug. 12, 2009 photo shows a grizzly bear traveling across the Porcupine River Tundra in the Yukon Territories, Canada.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service says a man has been fined $10,000 and banned from hunting for 15 years for illegally killing a grizzly bear near Elkford, B.C.

The service says in a social media post that a decision from a provincial court judge in Fernie, B.C., this week also ordered the man’s rifle be forfeited.

It says officers launched an investigation in the spring of 2020 after receiving a tip from the public about a man hunting bears using bait near the community of Elkford.

The service says the investigation took a year, but in 2021 conservation officers apprehended the man shooting a decoy black bear at the site where bait had been placed.

The investigation also found the man shot and killed a grizzly bear at the bait site and harvested parts from the animal.

The province imposed a ban on hunting grizzly bears in 2017, and the service says evidence gathered during the investigation led to a successful conviction of killing wildlife when it is not open season.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 26, 2024.

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